The options for flea control for your pets are numerous. You need to consider pet medications, natural remedies and protection for the yard. The end goal for each method is to eliminate the fleas on your pet and in your home and yard. Being proactive and using a combination of treatments is the best way to reduce the chances of fleas.
Retail Flea Products
When it comes to retail flea products, you can choose from liquids, sprays, shampoos and collars. Each of the different treatments has benefits. The protection time may vary depending on the product. So make sure to continuously apply the treatment timely.
The liquid flea protection is drops. The application goes right on your pet’s skin from the head and down the back. The flea drops last 30 days and needs reapplied within a couple of days of the prior month’s application. Once the liquid is on, your pet should not get wet until the medication has absorbed into the skin.
The flea collar is one of the easiest ways to protect your pet. Place the collar around your pet’s neck and done. Flea collars now come in a variety of lengths for protection. So you will want to check the box for the duration. The trick with the long lasting collars is remembering to change it.
The flea shampoo may take a couple of times before the fleas are gone. Depending on the size of your pet it may be difficult to give them a bath at home. Make sure you follow the directions on the number of times to bathe your pet so you do not irritate the skin.
A flea spray is great for treating carpeting and furniture. The spray kills fleas and larvae that transfer from your pet to other areas of the home. The bottle directions provide the frequency of the applications.
Natural Flea Remedies
If you are looking for natural ways to rid your pet of fleas, there are several options. First you can use a dish soap bath to attract the fleas. Next, vacuum your home often. The vacuuming will pick up any unhatched eggs and fleas. Another natural remedy is to add garlic and brewer’s yeast to your pet’s food to deter the fleas from biting your pet. Finally, wash all pet bedding and areas your pet is on to rid the articles of fleas.
For more information or an estimate on flea treatments, contact A-Academy Termite and Pest Control.