Fleas are one of the most common parasites your pet could be afflicted with, but a lot of people are at a loss as to how they can rid their house of them. Some people get their pets treated at the vet and assume the problem is fixed, until they see that their pet and their home are full of fleas in after a few weeks. Others don't know how to keep fleas off of their pet and how to spot the signs of flea infestation. Here are some flea detection and management tips for you to use if suspect that you pet has been afflicted with the pesky parasites.
Tip #1: If you aren't sure if your pet has fleas, run a moist paper towel over their fur.
This is an easy way to determine whether there are fleas present. If you see dark black flecks that turn red from moisture (fleas waste), it's a sign that they may have fleas. You can always take them to their vet to confirm their presence, but this method can let you know if there's an infestation in your home.
Tip#2: Focus on your pet first
When people first find out that their pet has fleas they want to go on a cleaning frenzy in their home. Cleaning your home is important, but the health and comfort of your pet should be your top priority. Give them flea and tick
treatments that kill fleas that are living on the host quickly, and pair it with preventative medications to ensure that your pet is protected. After you give them medication you should consider giving them a flea bath/dip and combing through their fur with special flea comb to remove fleas.
Tip #3: Treat your entire home
If you're going to treat your home for fleas, you need to do cover your entire home, not just areas where your pet spends the most time in. Fleas can easily hitch a ride on your pet's fur, your clothing, or a child's stuffed animals to get to another area of your house. Carpets, bedding, clothing, linens, stuffed toys, and furniture can easily become a breeding ground for fleas. Vacuum everywhere you can reach, and remember to throw out your vacuum bag or empty the contents of your bagless vacuum outside of your house. Dumping it in the kitchen trash just gives them an opportunity to crawl out and re-start the cycle all over again.