Getting Rid of Fleas and Protecting Your Pet
A flea infestation is an awful situation. Fleas not only cause problems for your pet like itching, hair loss, sores, and increased risk of infection and parasites, these pests are also known for setting up shop in and around your home and starting a cycle of reproduction that can be difficult to control.
This is why it is always better to protect your pet from fleas with a monthly preventative or flea collar before they strike. However, if you do find that your pet has picked up fleas, you should begin the process of removal right away. Follow these steps for getting rid of fleas and making sure that they won’t be coming back.
Flea Removal in 8 Steps
Step 1: Getting Rid of Fleas on Your Pet
Step 2: Protect Your Pet From Fleas
Step 3: Clean Your Pet’s Bedding
Step 4: Continue Prevention
Once you’ve treated your pet, it’s time to treat your yard. The fleas that hopped onto your pet may have come from your yard in the first place, or they may be living there now after hitching a ride from elsewhere.
Step 5: Mow the Lawn
Fleas like hanging out in damp and shady environments. When you mow your lawn, sunlight is able to reach the soil, which results in a less-than-ideal habitat for fleas.
Step 6: Clear the Clutter
Fleas are expert sneaks. They like to hide out in areas where they won’t be seen — like piles of leaves, rocks, and wood. Clear the clutter from your yard and fleas will have fewer place to take cover.
Step 7: Spray the Yard
Applying flea spray to your yard and garden helps to kill fleas and prevent future infestations. Be sure to remove toys belonging to your pets or children before spraying the yard, and keep people and animals away from the yard after spraying for as long as the product recommends. The amount of time that the spray will work as a flea preventative will vary depending on the product. Check the label and re-spray as needed.
Step 8: Water the Yard
Use a hose to wet down areas of the yard where fleas are likely to have laid their eggs. Water around garden beds and trees until slightly flooded to kill flea eggs and flea larvae.
Getting rid of fleas can be an unpleasant and time-consuming ordeal. To avoid it, protect your pet before they pick up fleas!