- Eliminating Pests
How To Get Rid of Fleas Fast
Do You Have Fleas
Get Rid of Fleas? Hatched and hungry fleas are just waiting to find a place to land and more than likely it will land on your dog or cat. If you see one flea on your pet, he has fleas…and there are many more that you don’t see. If you’re not sure and want to check your pet, look for “flea dirt”. Flea dirt is actually tiny particles of dried blood left by fleas after they bite your pet. Simply comb your pet’s coat onto a piece of wet paper towel. Wet is important because if the specks turn red on the towel, your pet has fleas. At this point you need to check into flea treatment options.
Humans: Flea bites in humans usually start as mild to severe itching, redness, scabs or lesions and dermatitis. Applying ice to the infected area will help relieve some of the itching. Other treatments include the use of menthol, calamine lotion or camphor to the bites. Insect repellents that contain DEET will also help to keep you from getting flea bites. If that doesn’t work it may be wise to see an allergist for treatments.
Your home: Even if you don’t have pets, your home can still have fleas. Fleas can jump…far. They can enter your house by way of pets or other people. Many times you won’t even know you have fleas until they have infested an entire room or your whole house. If you’re not sure if your home has flees, there is a simple test you can perform. Slide on a pair of white socks and walk into the room you want to test. Fleas feel the vibrations of your footsteps and that will make them want to jump toward you eagerly looking for a host. Look at your socks. If you see a few fleas then your room is probably infested.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
The first step is to clean everything that’s come into contact with the animal. You need to remove as many eggs and larvae as possible.
How to get rid of fleas in pets:
First of all you will need to quarantine your pet. Wash your pet with soapy water. There are insecticide flea shampoos for pets, but it’s not necessary to purchase. DEET can cause irritation in pets, so be sure that if you buy a special flea shampoo it doesn’t contain this ingredient. Comb your pet with a special flea comb to remove the fleas. Another method is to use tape wrapped around your hand backwards and simply pat your pet’s fur. There are special flea ointments that you can purchase from your veterinarian. This ointment is generally squeezed in between the shoulder blades of the dog or cat and there is no need to rub it in. It naturally spreads throughout the fur. You will need to use this product once a month as long as the flea season lasts. Be sure to treat every pet in your house! You can also purchase a flea pet collar.
Regularly treat your pet’s resting areas with lots of soap and water.
Continue to comb your pets daily with the special flea comb. Remember to count the number of fleas you get in the first few combings so you can determine the flea population. Put the fleas in soapy water.
You may also want to continue washing your pet with soapy water. It is much more gentle and safe to use just soap and water on your pet than any product that has insecticide in it. Insecticides can be very irritating to your pet’s skin. It can also be toxic.
How to get rid of fleas in humans:
Shower with soapy water two times a day. Buying special insecticide soap is not necessary. Comb your hair regularly with a special flea comb specially designed to remove fleas. Recording the number of fleas removed so you can identify if the problem is getting better or worse.
How to get rid of fleas in your home:
Get rid of Fleas in your home ? Unfortunately it will take a lot of work, diligence and time. Bedding, rugs, blankets, etc will need to be washed in soapy water. You can tell if you have fleas in your bedding by the salty looking specs they leave behind. It has been described as looking like salt and pepper.
Vacuum corners, cracks. Be sure to seal up the vacuum bag or dump out the canister into a well sealed bag. Putting the bag in the freezer will kill any fleas. There will still be larvae latched onto the carpet fibers, so you will need to have a professional carpet cleaner steam clean your carpets. You may also use a special insecticide carpet shampoo and steam clean the carpet yourself.
Continue to vacuum daily. Remember to seal up the vacuum bag or dump the canister dirt into a sealed bag.
Don’t forget your yard. You must treat your yard as well as your home and pets.
If your pet has a resting area in your garage or a pet house, be sure to clean it well with soap and water.
If all of this fails, you may have to use a professional. The following products are things to consider. Sorptive dusts, Insect Growth Inhibitors, Pyrethins, Ultrasonic flea repellant devices and electronic flea collars.