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The flea problem: those pesky little bugs have an annoying knack of popping up everywhere. Despite your best efforts of keeping them off your dog, they still somehow manage to get their way.
These annoying little creatures find ways to get into your home and onto your pets even when you take precautions. And all it takes is just a couple of the blood-suckers to set off a full-scale infestation on your pet and in your home. The best you can do is to reduce the possibility of your pet catching them. To do that, you’ll need to know where your dog is picking up fleas.
It’s literally impossible to keep every wild animal out of your yard. Not unless you’ve built your home on a ship floating over Pacific. Even with your huge fence, things like feral cats, squirrels, and other small rodents will find their way in. And they’ll come carrying fleas. The more such visitors you get, the higher the population of fleas you’ll be dealing with. So make the visitors feel unwelcome by forgetting to leave stuff like corns, nuts and seeds out in the open. Keep your dog’s drinking bowl somewhere only accessible to the dog.
Following are the most important differences between fleas and bed bugs:
Now that you have determined that you are actually dealing with fleas, let’s discuss some of the most effective methods of pest control for fleas.
Yes, you are in danger of infecting your dog with fleas. You and your human friends coming into your home may be flea transporters. Those creatures are so small you’ll probably not notice that you picked them up while you were out on your hike. Getting a free ride on your pants legs, shoes and socks are easy for the fleas.
Any time your dog goes out for a walk, run, play date, visit the vet, a car ride, basically anywhere outside your home, it’s susceptible to fleas. The only assurance is keeping your dog locked up in a sanitized environment, but you can’t do that, can you? So when you’re back from those visits, give the canine a thorough body check. Pay careful attention to the furriest spots on its skin and those deep crevices. Check out places like its neck fur and abdomen, and don’t leave out the armpits.
When you discover that your dog has fleas, act fast. There’s a high chance that your home may have fleas too. Don’t panic; the situation can be handled. First things first-deflea your pet, then get to your house later. There are numerous pesticides on the market. Preferably, go for those that target the adult fleas as well as their larvae. Do not immediately give your dog a bath after applying the medication. In fact, wait for 4-5 days. This is as most f the treatments migrate into dog’s subcutaneous fat layer to make the body inhospitable to both fleas and their eggs. Apply the medication gently. The fleas have already made your pet’s skin itchy, sensitive and uncomfortable. Don’t add to its troubles by rough handling.
Now for your home. Just vacuum the whole of it. After you’re done, seal the vacuum bag in plastic and throw it away. You can sprinkle some borax onto the floor and carpet before you do the vacuuming to make the fleas sluggish and easier to collect. Also, wash the dog’s sleeping area with hot water. If you find more evidence of fleas, it’s time to call the exterminator.
Your best furry friend is loads of fun to snuggle up with, but unfortunately, he can sometimes bring home unwanted visitors with him. But is he to blame for the itchy, sleepless nights you’ve been having? It is common for bed fleas in bed to be confused with bed bugs. Both types of insect are prevalent in urban, heavily populated cities like London, and pest control professionals see these problems all the time, so there is no need to feel embarrassed. And regardless of whether they are bed bugs or fleas, you will want to eradicate them from your bed as soon as you can. However, to be sure of enlisting the most effective flea pest control treatment, you do need to determine what is it that you’re actually dealing with. So, are they fleas or bed bugs?
First of all, you need to control where your fleas in bed are coming from. Get your doggy clean, and preferably treat your pet for fleas. Be very discerning about which topical product you use though, as some may be harmful to your pet, so get professional veterinary advice about topical products. Next step you should take is to wash their bedding in very hot water. This will kill all the fleas that may be residing in it.
The same cleaning approach should be taken with your own bedding as well. Wash your bed sheets, pillowcases, and duvet in very hot water with detergent. Fleas are unable to survive hot cycles in both the dryer and washer, so this will hopefully put an end to the live fleas on your bedding.
Of course, you can’t wash your mattress. But vacuum cleaning it thoroughly on all sides can be just as effective. To make this flea pest control even more effective, you can use household flea powders or sprays (easily available online) on your carpets, rugs and soft furnishings, and also inside the emptied vacuum cleaner when you’re done for good measure. Failing that, watch this video about London pest control, then call in an expert to help. At least that way, you will know your house is pest free.
When not writing about himself in the third person, Andy spends many an hour walking his mischievous, mixed breed rescue Mr Wox, aka Soxy Woxy. A leading authority on all dog-related topics, Andy is highly respected, deeply appreciated and widely admired.