Keep It Simple
Here are some simple ideas on how to get rid of fleas on your dog. Cut flea populations in half by vacuuming. Shower and shampoo your family, including pets, with a gentle dish liquid with moisturizers. Work table salt into your carpet and vacuum two days later.
You also have to treat the yard, but there’s an easy way to do that, too. First, make sure your yard is mowed and raked. Then add nematodes which are affordable and beneficial repellants. Pour the powder-like substance into your hose-end sprayer then water your lawn thoroughly. That’s it! Repeat after severe temperature periods.
Play It Safe
Home care and pet products that tote “natural” label claims do not guarantee your pet or family’s safety. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a 2010 investigative report on many flea-related products. Read labels for toxic substances like pyrethrines. Check out gentler flea control solutions like apple cider vinegar, brewer’s yeast and garlic.
Sick pets should avoid brewer’s yeast and see their vet. Cats need to be careful with garlic, taking only a little in food. Ask your vet for tips.
The most important rule in conventional flea removal, is to be consistent. Non-commercial products take time, so be realistic about the time it will take to see results. Fleas have a life cycle that requires steady cleaning and treatment for at least six months. Pet owners living in coastal or warm, tropical climates should maintain a year-round flea program to keep their pets and families healthy and safe. Trained pest control professionals can map your plan and create speedier options.
On a weekly basis after cleaning, check your pets for fleas. Take a plastic flea comb with two different sides. Gently stroke it through your pets’ fur and dip the comb into a bowl of soapy water. Dead fleas drown and float to the top.
The Pros Know
Experienced pest exterminators know how to get rid of fleas on your dog and throughout your home. They bring specific products designed to make your flea problem history. Severe infestations may require the use of chemical products like foggers and sprays in the home. Call a qualified pest control company today for information on what can be done about fleas.