Fleas are a very misunderstood creature. Most people think that they only reside on house pets, farm animals or people who don’t take care of themselves. This is false; although they prefer to live on animals, fleas are not picky as to whom they munch on. They feast on the blood of warm-blooded mammals and can be picked up many different places. Once you have fleas it is obviously very important to get rid of fleas, but because a lot of people don’t know much about them, it can be very scary and difficult.
Here are some tips to get rid of fleas:
- Treat yourself and pets – Many times fleas come into your home by way of a person or pet. Purchase a high quality flea killer and treat any and all pets and people. When found on humans, they are most commonly found in hair so make sure you examine everyone. There are many home remedies to get rid of fleas and products that you can purchase over the counter or via prescription. You may want to go to the doctor or veterinarian just to be sure you are properly treating the fleas. Also, hydrocortisone cream works great to relieve burning and itching on flea bite sites.
- Treat your home – It might be difficult but try to figure out where the fleas might be – inside, outside, in the dog house, etc. It will be much easier to get rid of them if you know where they’re living. No matter what we recommend you deep clean including all bedding, pillows, clothes, etc. There are many different products to help you treat fleas in your home. Flea baits, insecticides and IGR (insect growth regulators) are a few products we offer. We recommend using one of our kits that feature multiple different products to get rid of fleas.
- Repeat – Once you have completely treated the fleas, treat them again. We recommend treating every 7-10 days in order to kill any newly hatched eggs or stubborn fleas from the first treatment. Some people only have to treat 2 times; others have to retreat up to 5 times. Just be cautious of the products you are using and pay attention to all directions and warnings.