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How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home - Insider Information

Updated on December 21, 2010

If you have a dog or cat - easpecially one living in your home - you've probably had a battle with fleas at some point. If you haven't, don't get discouraged - you probably will sooner or later. It's actuallu pretty easy to let the problem "sneak up on you." You might not notice the fleas until they've happily established themselves in your furnityre, rugs, and carpet. The reason you might not notice right away is that fleas don't like humans. Even those of us hairy enough to be a host to the varmints are too cool for them. fleas prefer a warmer temperature, and a dog's is higher than a humans.

By the time you finally take notice of the fleas, they're probably well on their way to taking over your home. To get rid of the pests, you have to be especially vigilant. For instance, if you "bomb" the house with insecticide without ridding the dog of fleas, the cycle will start all over. If you bomb the house and treat the dog, the dog will get re-infested when it goes outside into the yard, and the whole process starts again.

There are many methods to use for flea extermination. My mother, who had an inside dog and an inside cat, always sprinkled salt in her furniture and in her rugs and carpets. I have noo idea if this practice is effective or why it would work but I know it did work for her. I'm not one to scoff easily at home remedies, so I'll say it's worth a try - salt is cheap and non-toxic to pets and humans.

Another way to kill fleas in your rugs and carpets is to sprinkle generous amounts of flea powder on them. Give it a few hours to work, then vacuum it up. Immediately dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag by placing it in an outside receptacle.

For a sure-fire way to rid your home of fleas for good, take your dog to the vet for an overnight stay. Have the vet staff give the pooch a flea bath and treat him with a monthy application of a product like Frontline or Advantage.

While the dog's away, set off an insect bomb inside your home. While the bomb is working, spray your yard with a strong insecticide. Be generous with the application. Be sure to pay special attention to areas where the dog spends a lot of time. Now, spend the night with friends. Pick up your dog the next day and return to your flea-free home!

If you don't want to go to all this trouble, hire a professional pest control service. Get on a monthly plan with them to come spray your home once or twice a month, every month. The professional pest control folks have access to chemicals that the average pet owner can't get. They're more effective and they're faster acting. The fee is nominal in exchange for the peace of mind you get from the professionals who work for a residential pest control outfit.

I've got the inside scoop on what the commercial pest contol companies use for pest control, in case you're interested, One of the most widely used is a product called Dragnet. You can't buy this product unless you have a pesticide license, but you can purchase the main ingredients in Dragnet, even though they'll be in a weaker form. For one thing, you'll need permethrin. Dragnet is 38.6% permethrin. Another ingredient is Nylar IGR, which is internal growth regulator - birth control for fleas, in other words. The third ingredient is Exciter, which is a form of pyrethrin. Guess where you can find all three pruducts? At Amazon! They're not sold under the same names, but they contain the same ingredients. Check the products below.

Of course, the best way to avoid a flea infestation is to never let one get started in the first place. Keep your pets on a monthy routine of prevention, and wash his bedding once a week in hot water. Should the dog get fleas, there's a pill you can get from your vet that will rid the dog of external parasites in just 30 minutes. Once the little blood-suckers are gone, you can then get him on the monthy prevention.

To read more about dogs and cats, click on the article links below the pesticide products:

My "little" fleabags.
My "little" fleabags.

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