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You can take all the precautions, but it happens. One day you come home and sit down to relax and the next thing you know a flea jumps on you. Not a great way to begin or end any day. For someone who has never had this experience you may find yourself wondering what you should do now. And the most important thing you can do is take immediate action.

Adult fleas are nasty little insects that feed on the blood of your pet, and their young feed on the dried blood left from that of the adults. Fleas live on their host (your pet) and their eggs fall off onto your pet and all over your carpet, bed, clothes and anywhere else your animal goes in your home. Once this happens you can be sure in less than two weeks these eggs will be hatching, and the fleas emerge as larvae that can live in carpets and bedding for up to 200 days before becoming legless pupae that can survive up to a year before transforming into an adult! This can be a big problem!

The first thing you need to do is quarantine your pet, and clean everything your animal has come in contact with. This will remove as many eggs as possible. All bedding, clothing, rugs, etc. should be washed with soapy water. The soapy water will kill the eggs, larvae, adults, and pupae.

Vacuum absolutely everything. Furniture, cracks in floors, behind doors, and anywhere else that dust collects. This will kill most of the eggs, but larvae latches on to the carpet and some will stick around. After vacuuming, seal the bag in a plastic bag immediately. You can put this bag in the freezer to kill any fleas.

The remaining larvae can be dealt with by having your carpet steam cleaned. The steam will kill every stage of a flea except eggs. If you have someone come in professionally, be sure to warn them about the flea infestation and remember to remove infested animals if still in the home.

It is important to treat your animal the same time you are treating your home, this eliminates the fleas from jumping back onto your pet while they are trying to get away from you! You have to be very careful to only use treatments that are meant for your animal. Flea treatments for dogs and the environment can easily kill cats!

If you must purchase any flea sprays for your home be sure the product contains IGR’s (Insect Growth Inhibitors). These products will prevent pupae, larvae, and eggs from becoming adults.

This may be a good time to start your pet on a montly treatment provided by your local animal hospital or pet store. Even if your pet stays inside other animals that may come into your home may be  infested and it is better to be safe than sorry.

One Response to “Getting Rid Of Fleas”

  1. also be sure to treat your yard for fleas so they don’t get back in! Seal and cracks the fleas might be able to get through. Goodluck getting rid of those annoying fleas!

    Posted by: Lisa on on May 25th, 2010 at 5:36 pm.