[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nothing in life is easy, but getting rid of fleas should be because your pet depends on you to do it! Dogs and cats can’t get rid of fleas on their own and if left untreated, they could lead to serious health problems. Fleas are one of the worst enemies your pets face and pet owners must be ruthless in eliminating them.
In this article, together with 2×3, we offer guidance on how to get rid of fleas once and for all, to make sure your pets stay happy and healthy.
1. Make sure your pets have an annual checkup.
A regular checkup at the vet is essential to keeping your pet free of fleas and other parasites. While you’re at the vet, remember to discuss ways to prevent and control fleas, as most vets tend to know about the latest products that are effective and safe for pets and humans. Additionally, many of these products are also effective in preventing ticks, not only fleas.
2. Groom your pet and conduct visual inspections.
Aside from the regular annual checkup, it is essential that you regularly inspect your pets at home. You should be alert for signs such as biting, chewing or scratching heavily, as well as anxiety or distress, because they are symptoms that fleas are irritating your pet. You may also notice traces of fleas while combing their fur; other symptoms include scabs, hair loss, and dried blood in bitten areas. If you notice these symptoms, be sure to bathe and groom your pet using recommended flea shampoos and sprays. Permethrin-based shampoos and sprays are known to be effective against fleas and ticks.
Don’t stop at your pet’s coat: be sure to also check your home, especially the areas under rugs and furniture where your pet spends time, as you should also treat these areas. Get your pet used to being groomed from an early age; you don’t need to take it to a professional groomer every time if you have the right tools, supplies and know-how yourself.
3. Use flea combs.
These combs have fine teeth that help catch fleas on pets, especially those with dense fur. Place a newspaper under the pet to catch any fleas that fall. Before using the comb, soak it in an enzymatic cleaner and then use it on your pet. Once you’re done combing through the fur thoroughly, throw the collected fleas down the toilet or sink.
4. Use growth-regulating insecticides.
These regulators inhibit the maturity stages of fleas and other parasites; using normal insecticides is generally not enough to completely get rid of fleas. Many regulators can also be used on carpets.
5. Use electronic flea traps.
Many pet owners are against using chemicals or pesticides to catch fleas on their pets, so they opt for an alternative: electronic flea traps. These traps consist of devices that emit heat, light, and infrared energy that attract fleas. The moment fleas touch the screen of the device, they die; this is a safe and permanent way to get rid of fleas forever.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3745″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
6. Clean and vacuum the house.
Vacuuming the house regularly is important to keep your home free of fleas and ticks. In fact, vacuum cleaners are among a flea’s worst enemies. When used regularly, they help keep your furniture, rugs, and clothes clean and pest-free. You should also wash your pet’s bedding regularly in hot water to kill flea eggs and larvae. Restrict your pet from entering designated rooms to prevent fleas from spreading and biting you and others living in the home.
7. Use flea powder.
Flea powders dehydrate and kill fleas, larvae, and eggs on carpets. So what are they? They consist of odorless, crystalline orthoboric acid with naturally occurring boron elements. The powder granules wear down the exoskeletons of the fleas, killing them instantly. Many powders come in easy-to-use bottles that can be used on rugs and areas around furniture. You can also use a broom or rake to make sure the product is evenly distributed on the mat.
This is one of the easiest ways to get rid of fleas once and for all. The product also remains effective after washing rugs or furniture. As an alternative, you can apply diatomaceous earth or food-grade borax powder to permanently remove fleas, as they have a similar dehydrating effect.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3750″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
9. Herbal flea control.
Many herbs can be used effectively to get rid of fleas, although you should be careful: some herbs can be toxic to animals, so you should always talk to a vet before using them. (Pennyroyal, for example, is harmful to animals and pregnant women.) Many dog owners have seen positive results with rosemary, eucalyptus oil, and tea tree oils. You can add a few drops of these to your pet’s collar to keep fleas away. You should always use essential oils in low doses of 1% or less. Some natural ingredients can also be used to treat flea bites.
10. Pet nutrition.
Adding apple cider vinegar to pets’ water protects them and helps get rid of fleas. Some dog owners also believe in using garlic in safe doses. Add garlic powder or garlic oil to your pet’s food, as garlic has antimicrobial properties that help repel fleas. Similarly, adding nutritional yeast to your pet’s kibbles can also help your pet fight fleas.
When you put these easy methods to get rid of fleas into practice, don’t do them all at once; instead, apply one at a time to see which technique is most effective for your pet and his or her environment.