Flea Prevention Steps: 5 Easy Steps to Stop the Cycle
Treating and preventing fleas are constant tasks, but these five steps can reduce the frequency with which flea treatments are needed and at the same time, reduce the likelihood of future infestations. "How" you say? It's easy!
1) Treat Your Pet
The first step in getting fleas under control is to get your pets flea-free. There are a huge variety of products you can use to treat your pet's fleas. You can choose from sprays, creams, collars, shampoos, pills and injections. A fine toothed comb, similar to what we use to treat human lice, can also be used. Take care when choosing a product to treat you pet; certain chemicals that are okay for dogs can be toxic to cats.
2) Clean the House
Regular house cleanings is paramount to preventing future infestations. Vacuum thoroughly, as vacuuming is known to reduce flea levels dramatically. Use a product to wash other surfaces that will kill adult fleas and eggs. Be sure to wash curtains often, and pet's bedding at least once a week. Consider where else your pet may go: your bedroom, car, carrier, etc.
3) Treat the Outdoor Environment
Fleas live outdoors and can easily re-attach themselves if you're not careful. Fleas like moist, warm and shady spots and as a result enjoy living where your pet defecates. If there are areas your pet especially enjoys outdoors, be sure to treat those areas. Consider the dog house, garage, under the porch, and anywhere your pet defecates. There are a number of sprays that can be used every couple of weeks.
4) Know Your Enemy
Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer. Get smart about fleas. Determine where you pet may have got them from, and what you can do to prevent an outbreak in the future. Examine the places in your home where fleas could be living and treat those areas.
5) Prevention is the Best Medicine
The easiest way to deal with fleas is to prevent them. Practiced regularly, the above steps can go a long way to reducing your pet's exposure to fleas. Regularly inspect your pet with a fine comb; if you notice fleas, take appropriate steps immediately. Make sure your pet has a flea collar and be sure to wash your hands after inspection if you come into contact with fleas.