Finding out that your pet has fleas will ruin your day, and likely the next few days until you can get rid of it. It is a common situation in homes where there are pets, as it is easy for them to bring the fleas inside the home. Fleas may be in your yard, or they may have been on another animal that your pet has come into contact with. In any of these situations, you will need an effective flea treatment. Before purchasing any products or investing in a vet visit, make sure you have a flea infestation.
How To Determine If You Have A Flea Infestation
Do you have a flea infestation? Do you need flea treatment for your pets and your home? Here are some signs to look for:
- Have you noticed fleas around your home? You may see them, especially when you are looking for them. They are commonly found wherever your pets are located. For instance, if your pet jumps into bed with you, the fleas are likely seen there.
- Comb your pet. Do you see any black specks? This may look like dirt but in fact, they are fleas and flea eggs. If this is the case, give your pet a thorough bath and comb out each of the fleas.
- Does your pet have hair or fur that is disappearing? Spots of hair loss can be an indication of a flea infestation. This is a serious stage and it requires immediate treatment by a vet.
Getting Flea Treatment
If you believe you have a flea infestation, it is best to contact several professionals:
- Get your vet involved. They can provide recommendations and prescription-strength flea control products that will help treat the condition quickly.
- Contact a professional to have your home and yard exterminated. Fleas can be found in your yard, as well as throughout the home. You can tackle flea treatment yourself, or you can use a professional service to do the job for you.
Flea infestations will continue to grow at an alarming rate if you do not have them treated. Flea treatment does not have to be an extensive process, but it does have to be a thorough one. Invest in top-quality flea control products, like those recommended by your pet's vet. An exterminator can help to kill the fleas throughout the home as well as in your yard. Later, after you have eliminated all of the fleas in your home, prevent them from returning using various prevention methods (i.e. Frontline, Advantage, etc.). Talk to your vet about prevention options and keep your yard free from pests by using an insecticide in the spring months.