If you have pests, you know that fleas are like little hitchhikers that will jump on board and get into your home.
If your dog or your cat is always scratching, chances are he or she has fleas. Most people have their pets on several monthly flea guards they purchase from their vets or online.
If you are not comfortable with that approach, there are some natural ways to eliminate fleas from your home as well.
Check For Fleas First:
I have a dog that as a pup scratched morning, noon and night. My vet finally discovered it wasn’t fleas; she was allergic to the dyes in the food she was being fed!
As soon as her food was changed out, she was fine. Insects are very easy to identify because they leave signs on your pets. Separate your pet’s fur and look for little dirt tracks or attached dirt to their skin.
The easiest areas to check are on their stomachs or their hindquarters. If you have a female who has recently given birth, check around her nipples. Again, these dirt marks are on the skin, not in the fur. If nothing appears, consult with your vet, he or she might have other problems even something as simple as the food they are eating.
I Don’t Have Pets, So Should I Have A Problem With Fleas?
Even if you don’t have pets, when you come in and out of your home fleas can jump up on your clothing or just jump through the open door. Some areas of the country have higher levels of fleas than other sectors. If you live in a large area, chances are you are bringing fleas in with you.
For some reason, fleas like light coloured clothing, therefore, put on white socks and walk around your home. If you have fleas, they will jump up on your socks. If there are fleas on your socks, only walk outside and shake them off.
Treating Your Pets For Fleas:
First off, treat your home at the same time that you are treating your pet. Fleas will cling to whichever one is safe until the other element is also safe and you will have to start all over again. Before taking on any treatments, always check with your vet to ensure your dog or cat does not have an immune system that cannot deal with individual treatments.
I will tell you, most vets firmly believe in monthly flea treatments that are topical or oral treatments that you can get from your vet.
These treatments usually last from one month to a couple of months depending on the product. These treatments have advanced enormously and in most cases will keep your pets safe and happy year round. Again, talk to your vet before proceeding with any form of treatment.