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How to get rid of fleas

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Fleas are remarkably hardy and determined; they can be killed, but their resilience and 4-stage life-cycle make it more difficult than most people want to believe.
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Tips on how to get rid of fleas

Contrary to popular belief, fleas don't spend most of their time on your pet and that makes the problem of locating them and finding out how to get rid of fleas more difficult.Pets act like pied pipers: collecting hatched and hungry fleas from everywhere. Treating the pets is essential for their own comfort as well as to kill any errant fleas entering the area from afar.

Did you know that fleas can jump over 6 feet, and they enter the house by any carrier availableóhumans as well as pets? White clothing, socks, and sneakers excite and invite them right into the living room where they remain unseen and happily reproducing (very rapidly) without your ever knowing until the problem is quite advanced. Therefore, in learning how to get rid of fleas, it is of the utmost importance that you treat your entire homeónot just indoors, but also the garages any outbuildings, and doghouses or kennels. Your entire yard will also have to be treated.

You simply cannot allow a single flea to survive in your or your pet's, environment if you want to live a life free of allergies, disease, and irritation. The yard is the most arduous task, but it is essential that you treat the area outdoors with just as much determination as you treat the pets and house.

First treat your pets If your pet is infested with fleas, you must treat your pet first then tackle all the other areas of infestation. It would be wise to remover your pets from the house after they are treated while you or a professional exterminator tackles the job of getting rid of the fleas in your home and yard, etc. to avoid re-infestation on your pet.

On-pet flea products have changed radically in the last 2-3 years. The new ones are safer, easier, and more effective. Monthly spot applications are the new front line in the flea battle. Applied only once a month, some will actually repel a significant number of fleas - a great benefit to the allergic pet that cannot tolerate even one bite. The best will also help prevent re-infestation by rendering the fleas unable to reproduce.

But, be careful. More expensive is not always more efficient. The battle against fleas is matched only by the battle of the giant manufacturers to get every dollar out of their spot-on products. Great strides are being made to lower the cost in treating pets. Check with your vet before using any flea product. What may work well for your dog could be very harmful to your cat.

Flea and tick shampoo kill fleas on contact and give your pets instant relief They represent the best of both worlds: Your dog is clean and is flea-free. The new Flea Science Hypoallergenic Shampoo is designed to bathe your dog in a detergent-less formulation to prevent the washing away of your spot treatments. It is the only dog shampoo on the market that carries the label that it does not wash away topical treatments. Put this one on your list of how to get rid of fleas!

Flea and tick powders are easy and convenient to use, but they often present problems with dry skin. They have been eclipsed by other more favorable means of flea protection.

Flea collars are a possible weapon in the battle, but not all collars are created equal. Many have harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals, and their placement around the neck can lead to serious compromise of the nervous system if improperly used or mixed with other toxic agents.

Essential Herbal Oils are nature's repellants: they ward off unwanted hitchhikers. Most common ingredients are citronella, cedar, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and lavender. Essential Oils are specially formulated to repel fleas and ticks without using insecticides. They are great for misting your dog's legs (and your own) any time that you go out where fleas would be likely to be found.. They are repellants, not insecticides. They can be found at most good health food stores.

House Flea ControlNow that your pets appear more comfortable, begin the search&destroy missions in your house. House treatments are safer and easier than ever.

Carpet Aerosolsare on the top of the list on how to get rid of fleas in the house. Adulticides kill adult populations of fleas, and carpet spray adulticide aerosols are the easiest and often most effective treatments. There's no mixing. And the most sophisticated, Demize Carpet Spray contains both the exterminating and the egg-inhibiting ingredients in one application.

Foggers also contain adulticides and are very convenient for treating large, open areas. But they lack the ability to treat under furniture such as beds or tables, thus leaving some areas untreated. Use in them only if you also use an aerosol for hard-to-reach places.

Yard Flea Control.A must in how to get rid of fleas. Leave no stone unturned, no hill unconquered. And pay particular attention to the areas where your pets spend their time outdoors. If you have a large yard, it may be wise to call in a professional. After having your yard de-flead, find out how often follow up treatments are needed. Again, check with your vet regarding products used.



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