One of the biggest and least thought of problems with owning a pet is flea control . Owning pets can be great fun and they can be wonderful companions. On the other hand fleas can be extremely annoying and the worst burden ever and if your pet has hair they can get fleas. The Black Plague or Black Death as it’s called in the 1300 hundreds was from fleas on rats. So I guess you could say that the single biggest plague in history could have been prevented by flea control.
There is nothing worse than snuggling up in bed and felling crawlies running up your legs. Flea control in your home can be as easy as stopping them before they ever enter your home. This can be done by routinely flea treating your pet. These treatments contain pet safe chemicals that interrupt the life cycle of fleas on the host pet itself. These chemicals help to detour adult fleas from “camping” on the host and if they bite the host then they are poisoned and will die.
On the other end there is the flea larva and these chemicals keep the larva from hatching. There are many flea control medicines on the market today, some are great and some not so much. Almost everyone has the same active ingredients but it is not the ingredients that make the medicine great it is the ratio of ingredients that count. I recommend that you use the flea control medicine on your pet every month unless directed otherwise. Flea control doesn’t stop at your pet it begins with your pet.
The next step in flea control that should be taken is your yard, yep I said your yard. Think about it, if you eliminate most of the fleas from your yard then they are less likely to jump on your pet and end up in your home. Some of you may be scratching your head thinking, what can I do about fleas in my yard? Well, there are sprays sold at most stores that are specifically designed for flea control in your yard. These sprays also defend against bugs like ticks and are ecofriendly and won’t hurt the kids or you.
Try as you might it is inevitable that you will end up with fleas in your home. So, that being said let’s talk flea control for your home. If you have ever walked into a home infested with fleas then I’m sure you know just how annoying and persistent fleas can be. The scariest part is that an adult flea will lay 500 or more eggs in its lifetime. That may not seem like a lot but, when you consider that the average fleas lifetime is two months you can see way this can be a big deal.
Just like on your pet, the trick to flea control in your home is breaking the life cycle. Keep in mind that the most of the eggs are laid on your pet itself. This important because you can consider your pet’s bed and the place they spend the most time as ground zero. As you pet sleeps, scratches and rolls around the eggs fall off and land where they fall. Flea control in your home starts with washing your pets bedding on a regular basis and vacuuming that area while the bedding is in the wash.
I recommend you also use a flea control powder that you sprinkle on the carpet before vacuuming. Not only does this help to kill fleas trapped in your vacuum but the little bit that stays in your carpet will work on killing larva and eggs