If you are a pet owner, you probably already know the frustration of ridding a home of fleas. These nasty little creatures get on your pets when they are outside and they hang on for dear life, clinging to your pet and making themselves right at home. Flea collars and flea baths may rid the fleas from your pet; unfortunately they will simply leave the pet and hide in your carpeting and furniture. To get them out of your home takes a little more work than buying a new collar.
Things You'll Need
- Flea shampoo
- Flea Collar
- Flea bomb/fogger
- Vacuum cleaner
Purchase a flea shampoo for your pet and bathe him following the manufacturer's directions. It is a good idea to do this outside, if you can. Use a garden hose and warm water to wet down your pet before applying shampoo. Once you have adequately lathered up the pet, allow the lather to sit for the recommended time and rinse with clear water until all evidence of soap is removed. It is important to remove all the soap or you may have to contend with dry flaky skin as the result of soap residue.
Buy a new flea collar or flea application to prevent your pet from being re-infested by existing fleas in the house.
Vacuum the house throughly. Be sure to get areas under furniture and in small crevices. Be especially particular with areas that your pet sleeps or rests in. It is likely that eggs and pupae are living in these areas. Use the nozzle attachment on your vacuum cleaner to reach into corners and cracks. Be sure to empty the vacuum cleaner bag as soon as you are finished and discard of it outside of the house.
Spray the entire area with a a flea spray that contains IGR. IGR is an Insect Growth Regulator that will prevent any remaining eggs and larvae from developing into adults and will end the reproduction cycle of fleas. Be prepared to repeat the application when existing pupae hatch. Flea applications do not penetrate the hard shell of the pupae. You have not really suffered a re-infestation. A second application of flea spray to kill off the hatching pupae should end the cycle of fleas.
Use a flea bomb or fogger if your home is infested with many fleas. Be prepared to remove any reptiles, fish and other pets from the room and to leave the house for a few hours. Always follow the directions from the manufacturer and take the necessary precautions to protect food and water sources.
Fog the areas around the outside of your home to prevent fleas in the areas your pet frequents. Don't forget to fog under the deck and under steps.