Most pet owners are familiar with fleas. These miniscule creatures can cause havoc in your home and it can take months to get rid of them for good. If you have pets, this guide will help you to detect and deal with fleas as quickly and effortlessly as possible.
How do I know if my pet has fleas?
There are various warning signs to look out for when it comes to a flea infestation. Watch out for your pet itching and scratching. Fleas tend to gather around the ears and the back legs. You may also notice flea droppings. These are tiny black specks, which may be visible on light-coloured bedding or towels. Sometimes, it’s possible to spot fleas if your pet has white or golden hair. They tend to jump on and off very quickly and they’re difficult to catch without a comb.
What should I do if I suspect my pet has fleas?
If you think your pet may have fleas, use a very fine comb and brush them thoroughly. Run the hot tap and fill a cup with warm soapy water. Keep this cup by you, in case you find any fleas. Comb every part of your pet’s coat and focus on areas where they have been scratching. When you bring the comb up, you may notice fleas. Put the comb in the cup of water as quickly as possible. Ensure that the fleas have fallen off into the soapy water and then repeat. You may also find that you remove droppings when combing. Fleas reproduce rapidly, and you will need to continue combing on a regular basis.
Fleas lay eggs everywhere, so if your pet has got fleas, you will need to be conscientious with your cleaning. Vacuum from top to bottom, including carpets, rugs and skirting boards. Wash all your bedding and towels and any clothing that has been lying around on the floor. Make sure you use a hot wash. Continue to vacuum daily until you are confident that your pet no longer has fleas. It’s also essential to vacuum and wash your pet’s bedding. Try to prevent them from sleeping on your bed, as fleas can bite.
Self-help techniques have limited success when it comes to fleas and it’s best to invest in a flea treatment, such as Frontline plus for dogs. These treatments are designed to kill fleas and break the cycle, so hopefully, you should be able to get rid of them for good. Consult your vet for advice if you are not sure which products to buy.