In learning how to get rid of fleas there are no easy solutions but knowing the enemy is a great way to begin and I will give you several methods that I have personally used to finally rid your house of fleas.
We have a cat in the house who I would not get rid of for nothing but somehow about a year ago we noticed little bites on the kids and discovered that we have fleas in the carpet.
It started out as a small problem and as is the case with fleas, they multiplied faster than we good get rid of them and they took over.
It was time to break out the big guns.. I never call a professional for pest control. I am one of those who feels like I can do it myself and sometimes that gets me in trouble but you can’t knock me for being ambitious either.
I sprayed the house with permethrin 10% which seemed to help quite a bit but did not kill them all and we tried using salt which I heard would dry them up or something.
We later had the bright idea that if we could spray with permethrin again and kill a big portion of them and then vacuum the rest up we could get them all out of the house if we were persistent.
The trick for us was in the vacuuming.. we bought several vacuum cleaner bags and every day sometimes twice a day or more I would vaccum the carpet really good and then take the vaccuum outside, remove the bag and dispose of it.
After about a week of this the fleas were no more to be found.
We have since used a collar and external flea killer on the cat recommended to us by the cat’s veterinarian and have not had a problem again.
Some preventive maintenance will also help to keep your home and pets free of fleas.. here are some tips on how to get rid of fleas and stay rid of fleas thru preventive maintenance:
- Wash pet bedding weekly
- Bathe pet regularly if possible or use Advantix
- Keep grass cut short outdoors
- Vacuum home regularly and dispose of bag immediately to prevent the adult fleas from escaping
- Comb pet with flea comb and drop fleas into soapy water to kill
- Ask your vet for recommended ways to discourage fleas from taking up residence on your pets
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