How To Get Rid Of Fleas

The reason fleas are so difficult to completely dispose of is partially because the focus is generally trying to get rid of the adults. To fully eliminate the presence of fleas, you must treat your dog and his environment. This involves finding an effective treatment for your dog that will kill the adult fleas, and also eradicate any eggs, larvae and pupae they may have left behind.

One of the most practical strategies for ridding your dog of fleas is to select a suitable treatment for your dog, and get to work on treating his environment. In the majority of cases, this can be accomplished with a bit of elbow grease. If you thoroughly clean and vacuum any areas your dog enjoys lounging about, it may not be necessary to treat your entire home with any further treatments.

After you have treated your dog for fleas, persistent vacuuming will aid in ousting all of the leftover eggs, larvae and pupae. Put your focus on spaces where your dog spends a majority of his time, like his bed or a spot on the floor near the couch. You will also want to thoroughly wash any blankets or bedding with which your dog has come into contact in very hot, soapy water.

Flea eggs can take anywhere from 2 to 3 days to hatch, so if you have had a run-in with fleas, you ought to be vacuuming constantly for a few days following your dog’s treatment to ensure you are fully removing fleas at any stages of their life.

As pupae can lay dormant for several months, it is crucial for you to regularly treat the environment. Repeated vacuuming is suggest to eliminate flea eggs from your floors, rugs, and carpets. Ensure that you immediately empty your vacuum after you finish vacuuming and take it out to the trash; those eggs are capable of hatching while inside of the vacuum bag.

If you discover your dog has fleas and they have infested your home, it is understandable that you might feel overwhelmed, but do not fear; you can completely rid yourself of them if you are diligent in treating your home as you have been in treating your dog.

If you detect fleas on your dog, keep in mind that only a slight proportion are on your dog at any given time. The eggs, larvae, and pupae are usually found on the ground, frequently embedded in carpet and alternative locations where your dog spends time.

Rather than focus only on the fleas you can actually see, it is vital to discard all of the horrible leftovers if you want to be successful in going forward without any unexpected visitors popping up. If only the adult fleas are eliminated, it is only a matter of time until any remaining eggs hatch and create an all-new infestation.


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