There are more than 2,200 different kinds of fleas, but it only takes one to create misery in your home. How do they get there? They jump on your pets when they’re out in the yard—wildlife such as squirrels and opossums can deposit flea eggs there—or playing at the park or beach.
And while many pet parents believe fleas to be only a summer problem, the reality is that fleas can thrive year-round.
We talked to our resident vet experts, who shared some tips for fighting fleas:
On Your Pet
- Use year-round flea prevention medication on your pet to prevent fleas attaching to their coat. Try an all-natural product that doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to your pet or children. For particularly severe infestations, you may want to visit your vet.
- If your pet does bring fleas into the house, bathe them using a flea-fighting shampoo.
In The Home
- Wash everything. Seriously. Wherever fleas can find a home, they will. In addition to your pet’s bedding, wash your own bedding, sofa covers and rugs in soapy hot water at the first sign of fleas.
- Vacuum everywhere. This will help you get rid of flea eggs. Be sure to seal the used vacuum bag and put it outside in the garbage immediately so that no fleas can escape.
- Don’t forget the surfaces in your home. Wipe down walls, countertops and everything else with an all-natural surface cleaner formulated for killing fleas and flea eggs.
Out Of The Home
- Treat your back yard. Spray outdoor areas such as patios and kennels every two weeks.
Armed with this knowledge and some great flea-fighting tools, you can keep these pests out of your house and your life. Have any other pest-fighting tips or tricks? Share them in the comments section below!
Related: How to keep your home and pet tick-free.