Killing Fleas the Safe Way
If you have a pet, you need to be concerned about fleas. These nasty little parasites can pose a real health threat to both your pet and you. They can carry disease and, if you get a real infestation, can even kill your pet. There are a number of readily available sprays and bombs that you can use to wipe them out, but do you really want to poison your whole home and possibly yourself to kill them?
The first step to dealing with fleas is to focus on prevention. Make sure that your pet is treated with a product like Frontline or whatever your veterinarian recommends to you. These products not only protect your pet, but they also kill fleas everywhere your pet goes. Your pet becomes a weapon against getting an infestation. Make sure that you also get a flea brush. These brushes are designed to trap the fleas between the bristles, helping you remove them easily from your pet.
If you have decided to rescue an animal, talk to a vet first. See if you can get a Capstar pill or two before you pick up the animal. Capstar almost instantly makes the animals’ blood toxic to fleas. Within minutes of taking a Capstar, you will see dying fleas falling off of the animal. A Capstar will stay in your pet’s blood stream for about 24 hours providing more chances to kill fleas.
If you suspect fleas in your home, before you start spraying poison everywhere, try this safe approach. Sprinkle Borax on all of your carpets and furniture. Borax is found in the laundry isle at almost any grocery and is safe for your family and pets. Grind the Borax in with your feet and let it sit for about an hour. Vacuum up the Borax from your carpets and furniture. The Borax contains boric acid which kills fleas and many other types of insects. It also will freshen up your carpet!
Vacuuming your home often if one of the single best tricks that you can do to stop an infestation before it starts. Sucking up the larva and fleas is much better than dealing with them once they get everywhere!