Fleas can bother both you and your pets, causing itchiness and irritated skin. If left uncontrolled, fleas will reproduce quickly and become an infestation that is extremely hard to deal with.
Ideally, you want to stop the pesky parasites before they can even get near you and your pets, by keeping them out of your house and out of your yard.
Here we’re going to discuss the 10 best ways you can keep fleas at bay or eliminate the flea problem before it becomes a health hazard.
1. Keep your home as clean as possible!
Fleas can hide out in places that are cluttered and untidy, so if you keep your home looking spotless, there will be few places for them to hide.
This doesn’t just mean cleaning your home regularly, but it also means dealing with areas of your home that have lots of clutter, and it means keeping things organized and neat to eliminate hiding places for the fleas. Fleas do not like to be visible, so if you don’t give them any good places to hide, they will not stick around.
2. Use a flea treatment on your pet
It’s possible that your pet already has fleas. Even if you don’t see any indications of fleas, there could be some hiding out in their fur, and the fleas may not have gotten comfortable enough to start biting and causing itchiness.
If you really want to prevent fleas from coming into your home or yard, you will treat your pets regularly for fleas, whether you see signs of the pests or not. Flea collars are very effective for larger animals, and they won’t cause any discomfort or require the use of chemical sprays to work. You can also try tablets or sprays for your pet, depending on what your preference is and what your pet will tolerate.
3. Shave pets in the summer
The most likely place that fleas will hide is in your pet’s fur, so shaving down the fur for the summertime will eliminate the most likely and most common hiding spots.
This also lets your pet feel more comfortable and not as hot during those scorching summer days, so it’s a win-win situation all around. This also allows you to see fleas more easily and notice the red spots that they may have created. It is best to do this at the beginning of summer to ensure that your pet’s coat will grow back by the time the weather turns cold.
4. Check pets for fleas
If you do some basic prevention, then you won’t have to worry about fleas making a surprise visit to your home. You can check your pets for fleas every so often to catch the problem early before it becomes tough to deal with. One of the most effective ways to do this is to take a flea comb and run it through your pet’s fur, especially right before they come inside or directly after they have come from a remote location, such as a hike or a friend’s house.
5. Act fast when you find fleas
All of your preventative measures may not be enough to keep the fleas at bay. When you find fleas on your pet or in your home, then you need to take action quickly.
You can use a variety of flea-killing products, but there may be times where it is necessary to contact your veterinarian.
Your vet can give you treatments to apply directly to your pet’s skin that are both safe and effective, and your vet will be able to recommend treatments that you can go and buy for yourself. Not all pets respond well to the same kind of treatments, so getting a professional opinion on the matter can help you be more effective and avoid any potential health risks.
6. Keep a tidy lawn
Fleas don’t just hide inside your home. They also make themselves quite comfortable hiding out in your lawn. If the grass is high, then fleas will have lots more places to hide. When you keep your grass cut low, you make it much harder for the fleas to be at ease on your property.
It’s not a bad idea to cut your grass a couple times a month to make it unattractive for fleas and other pests. Getting rid of clutter in your yard and keeping toys and tools picked up also eliminates some hiding places and ensures that your yard is likely to be flea free.
7. Give your pet a bath
Bathing pets is great for their skin and fur. They may not always appreciate it, but it does wonders to get rid of pests and make your pet’s fur less inviting for pests to hang out in. If you see fleas on your cat or dog, then giving them a flea bath can help to get rid of the pests, and if your animals are already used to baths, then a flea bath should not be a big deal.
Be sure to use a flea bath solution that is gentle on your pet, and that is designed for that particular kind of animal. Cats and dogs use different flea baths, and using the wrong one can cause skin irritation or even illness.
8. Look for the signs
You should pay attention to any indicators of fleas in your home or on your pets. If your pets are suffering from fleas, then they may be itching constantly, have red spots on their skin or experience hair loss. Though keep in mind that these symptoms may come from allergies, too.
A pet that is more irritable and grouchier than usual may be suffering from a flea infestation, as the constant itchiness can put your pet on edge. Be sure to spend some time each day looking for abnormalities and evidence of health problems with your pets. The sooner you catch the flea problem, the more effective the treatment will be, and the less likely the problem will spread. Remember that if you don’t get rid of fleas fast, they can reproduce quickly, spreading to other animals and finding all sorts of hiding spots in your house. If that happens, they will be much harder to get rid of.
9. Spray the yard
You can do more to prevent fleas in your yard than just cut the grass. You can also spray your yard with flea killing treatments. This is something you can do regularly just as a preventative measure, and you can also do it whenever you find fleas in your home or on your pet. You can be sure that if you see fleas in those locations, then they are already likely hiding out in your yard somewhere. You won’t always see the fleas that you eliminate, but spraying your yard can take care of the problem before you have to see it.
Be aware that rainwater and other weather can get rid of the spray you put down, so time your spray to where it will be most effective and follow the instructions on the packaging precisely for best results. Also, be aware of the side effects that flea sprays can have on children, so try not to spray the treatment anywhere that your children may touch.
10. Treat often
One of the keys to getting rid of fleas is to continually treat the home, yard, and pets for them. Once you find fleas, you need to use treatment to get rid of them. However, don’t stop with the treatment. Repeated sprays and other treatment methods will help get rid of stragglers and fleas that were not born yet. You may need to wait until fleas reach a certain stage of life for the treatment to be effective, so be sure to treat the affected areas every three to four weeks. This will get rid of fleas at different maturity levels and ensure that they cannot reproduce in large quantities.
Understand that none of these are surefire ways to get rid of fleas. You can do everything right and still find the occasional flea. That happens due to all sorts of factors, and the best you will be able to do is manage the problem and get it under control as quickly as possible. By taking preventative measures, you can avoid ever having to see fleas in your home or on your pet, but that does not mean they are no longer there. Just keep following the tips we gave you and treating for fleas in various ways to effectively reduce this threat.
You should know that these are just some of the things you can do to prevent and eliminate fleas on your property. Use resources that offer helpful advice and information on fleas and pets to find methods that work for you. Your efforts will pay off as you and your pets feel freedom from the itchiness and discomfort caused by fleas. This is the kind of problem that you can avoid with the right plan of action and through regular flea prevention efforts.