Dog and cat lovers all over the world have to fight one of the dreaded fights of their lives – flea infestation attack. It is very unlikely to find anyone who keeps a cat or dog as a pet who doesn’t want to know how to eliminate flea infestation in their home. A flea is wingless, with a mouth part adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. A Flea is an external parasite, living by hematophagy off the blood of your cat or dog.
When you experience a flea infestation attack always treat your pet and the surroundings – every place where it might have had contact! This is because as the pet gets or as the fleas increase on its fur some of the fleas will fall off on anything the pet gets in contact with. Be it its or your bedding, clothing, carpet, floor mat, furniture cushions and cloths, etc. You name it, if your pet has fleas, it is likely that that thing will eventually have fleas.
There are several ways pet owners use to fight flea infestation including but not limited to flea shampoo, flea dip, flea collar, flea comb, flea powder, flea spray, “Spot-on” treatment, oral medication, healthy nutrition, use of vacuum cleaner, doing laundry<, etc.
Which method or what to use for effective elimination of flea infestation will most likely vary with the degree of the attack and the 9 steps below will help you more or less effectively combat your problem.
Nine Step Battle Plan to Combat a Flea Infestation
- If your own old enough cats and/or dogs get Capstar Flea Tablets from your local animal hospital or veterinarian. Capstar Flea Tablets kill adult fleas within 4 hours after ingestion by the pet.
- Though the adult fleas will be killed by Capstar, female ones would have laid eggs that will lead to yet more fleas. Use Lufenuron, a veterinary flea control medication Program to ‘kill’ the eggs and make female fleas, which might escape the Capstar, to lay lifeless eggs. Use this program with a flea comb.
- As you kill the fleas on your pet you must also treat the surroundings for fleas that have fallen off the pet. Start with spraying Cedarcide in the house and around. Cedarcide contains organic cedar oil. One of the properties of cedar oil is that it is natural, an effective pest killer and an insect deterrent. It kills fleas and their eggs in the environment. Normally Cedarcide is preferred over foggers because of its non-toxic nature to humans, cats and the environment.
- You must also use diatomaceous earth (DE), an off white talc-like powder known to compromise fleas’ waxy coating so that their innards turn into teeny tiny bug jerky. Like cedarcide, it is safe to the environment, humans and pets. it is also used as a preservative in grain based foods to keep bugs from eating the grain!
- The above steps must be repeated every 1 or 2 weeks. But don’t use Capstar and Lufenuron Program within 4 weeks of the last usage because normally Capstar and Lufenuron Program are effective for 4 weeks. This step is necessary because the above processes do not kill the pupa stage of the fleas and repeating the process after a week or two will ensure that the hatched fleas are also be killed.
- Vacuum the surroundings every day and empty the vacuum canister outside to avoid re-infestation.
- Do laundry every 2 to 3 days – bedding, towels, furniture cloths, etc.
- Use flea traps to monitor your progress. At the beginning you might trap more but as time goes on less and less should get trapped to show the effectiveness of your action. The fleas trapped will be an added bonus as flea control but the main goal for using flea traps will be solely to monitor your progress.
- If your cat or dog is not old enough for Capstar and Lufenuron, instead use water with mild soap everyday, then use a flea comb to comb away fleas that maybe stuck in the fur. After bathing the pet use citrus blend of aromatherapy oils, to kill fleas on contact.
There you have it, that is how to eliminate flea infestation in 9 steps, ry it and come back and leave a comment below!
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