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What Should I Do If My Pet Has Fleas?

Posted by Steve Thompson on Aug 1, 2019 2:37:00 PM


Fleas can climb on your pet and make your home an itching, scratching nightmare—even if you keep a clean home, yard, and pet. Protect yourself from unwanted pests, and get rid of them when they appear. If it’s too late for prevention, there are a few simple ways to address a flea infestation. Read on to learn our three-step process to being flea free. 


1. Identify the Problem

While scratching is a specific symptom of bothersome fleas on your pet, this symptom could signify an infection, allergies, or ear mites as well. So, check your pet for fleas before beginning any anti-pest procedure. Fleas can be about the size of a plant seed, and they jump. You’ll likely see flea waste collect on your pet, resembling dirt.

Once you identify the fleas, chances are that your home may have a flea problem as well. Your first step will be to deflea your pet; then, address your home. 


 2. Apply Pesticides

Fleas can take your pet and home into a world of discomfort, but you can choose a pesticide to apply to your pet to gain back your peace of mind. For example, a spot-on treatment of pesticides will render your pet inhospitable to fleas by penetrating deep into fat tissue. Make sure not to sweep away these flea-fighting oils by only bathing your pet 5 days after treatment.

After a week, you can bathe your pet with flea-killing shampoo, taking care to be gentle with your pet’s skin, as flea bites are irritating, and flea shampoos, which contain insecticides, can be drying. Alternatively, you can bathe your pet with a gentler shampoo, since any shampoo will help to kill fleas.

Between baths and medication applications, you can use a flea comb to remove fleas and larvae from your pet, drowning the comb every so often in soapy water. With your pet’s health restored, you can begin ridding your home of potential fleas. 


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3. Vacuum, Clean, and Sanitize

Flea infestations can be dangerous for you and your pets. Begin by vacuuming hard and soft surfaces thoroughly. Leaving a layer of boric acid-based product such as Borax on carpets overnight can help to kill fleas and larvae before you vacuum. Then, wash and dry bedding (pet’s and your own) on the highest possible heat.

If you continue to see scratching and evidence of fleas in your home, an exterminator is your final step. They can safely use powerful chemicals to free your home of pesky fleas. 


If you need help protecting your pet and home from fleas in the Des Moines area, Springer offers professional help controlling a range of pests, including fleas. Springer is certified through QualityPro, a leading trade organization administered by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. Enjoy more time with your pet and free of flea bites with the help of Springer. Contact us about flea control today. 


Topics: fleas