Fleabites: Symptoms and Treatments

Ridding your home of fleas is a two-step process:

  • treat your pets
  • treat your home

Check your pet to see if they are the source of your flea problem. Move back their fur to look for fleas or fleabites on the skin. If they have been scratching more frequently, this may be a sign they’ve got fleas.

Use an anti-flea shampoo and powder to get rid of the fleas your dog currently has. Then, consider using a flea collar to prevent fleas from moving in again.

Consult your veterinarian for advice on using topical or oral medications for your type of pet. Many treatments are available without prescription, while others must be prescribed by your vet.

Shop for anti-flea shampoos and flea collars online.

Regarding your home, you’ll want to vacuum your carpets, which is where fleas like to hide. Throw out the bag or dump the vacuum’s contents outside.

Washing all bedding (yours and your pet’s) in hot water, and drying it on the highest heat setting, may help kill fleas.

Otherwise, to totally rid your home of fleas, you may need to use insecticides inside your home, which typically involves having to leave the house for a time until the spray has dried.

A pest control company can help you determine a best course of action when it comes to pesticides.

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