How to Get Rid of Flea Infestations

A flea infestation in your home is a nasty problem, and it affects not only your pets, but you and your family and well.  If you find evidence that your house may be infested by fleas, put necessary preventive measures into action as soon as possible. Do not wait and allow this annoying dilemma to become worse because they multiply quickly.

Here are some tips on how you can get rid of fleas in your home:

  • At the first sign of fleas on your pet, treat them immediately before they spread throughout your house.  When pets have fleas, they are constantly scratching and biting themselves which can cause the fleas to jump off of them and onto your floors and furniture. Bathe your pets often and comb their fur using a fine toothed comb to get rid of the fleas.  There are also powders that are designed specifically to eliminate fleas.
  • Vacuum your floors and furniture regularly, as well as any other areas where your pets sleep or spend a lot of time.
  • Wash your carpets and rugs often with shampoo or steam clean them to kill the fleas.
  • Wash all of your bedding, stuffed toys, pillows, and covers in the washing machine with detergent and tea tree oil.  Dry them in a dryer versus letting them air dry, so the heat can kill any fleas that have survived the washing.
  • Do not place your pet’s bed on carpets or rugs. Place them on wooden floors or other hard surfaces, so fleas are less likely to infest the area.
  • Spray insecticides on your carpets, floors, and furnishings. When choosing an insecticide, look for those that contain IGR or Insect Growth Regulator.
  • If you have done everything you can to get rid of the fleas, but they continue to infest your home, call pest control as soon as possible.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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