We take very good care of our three dogs, a 160 pound Great Dane, a 79 pound Golden Retriever, and an 11 pound Papillon. Despite how well we feed them, how much we take them for walks, which happens to be twice per day, how much we play with them and how much we love them, they have on occasions gotten fleas! That dreaded fast breeding annoying pest to dogs which tend to multiply and infest an entire house very quickly!
The minute we find a single flea on any of our dogs, we know that our entire house is vulnerable and exposed to these horrible critters! Please don’t misunderstand me! Our family gets a lot of joy from sharing our home with non-human species, however when it comes to jumping, biting and flying insects, that is where we draw the line!
Fleas, as we have found out from unfortunate experiences are rather difficult to get rid of and very inconvenient! As a matter of fact, they can be a downright pain! In more ways than one and at times quite literally!
In order to get rid of fleas in a home, the first thing to know is that it takes quite a bit of work and effort! The only way to really get rid of fleas is to get rid of every single one of them and every single flea egg they may have left behind, as those eggs will hatch, thus the flea cycle will start anew!
Before treating a house for fleas, it is important to treat your pets at the same time. First you must have them treated, preferably by a professional- at a veterinarians office, and I suggest strongly leaving them there overnight in order for your house to have enough time to be thoroughly treated as well in order to eliminate the possibility of a recurrence.
The first thing to do is to make a specific appointment for your pets to be left overnight at the vet’s office. Once you have dropped them off, it is time to get down to some serious work!
Begin by washing all fabrics and bedding in the house, including towels, throw rugs, curtains, clothing and anything else that is not in an airtight container. Any wall to wall carpet must be treated as well as your furniture. If you have the kind of couches and chairs where you can take the fabric off of the cushion then I would do so and put them into the washing machine as well. If not, you can have them professionally cleaned along with your carpet. Wash everything in very hot water! This will help to kill any eggs on the fabric.
Now it is time to “bomb” the house with a flea bomb. Spare no expense when it comes to these! The better the product, the less likely you are to have to repeat the treatment.
Be extra diligent with any items and areas frequently used by your pets.
When you finally get rid of fleas in your home, you will naturally feel a huge load off your back, and it will have well been worth the effort and trouble, as your pets will be much happier.
Since the second time our dogs became infested with fleas, we started to use a product recommended by our vet in order to prevent it. The one we use is Revolution, although there are many others available that are equally effective. I suggest this route because it really saves a lot of time, energy and irritation for both you and our pets!