What to do at the first sign of fleas in your home.
What to do at the first sign of fleas in your home
July 24, 2012
As a pet parent, it's your responsibility to ensure that your canine is well-protected from myriad seasonal risks, and fleas and ticks are certainly one of your biggest problems. Unless you're using a full spectrum of Hartz products and performing regular checks on your canine, you could end up with a flea infestation rather quickly. Because fleas can lay hundreds of eggs each day, the problem could spread throughout your home much faster than you may think, which is why it's so important to have a contingency plan in place when you first spot these pesky insects. Here are a few steps to keep in mind that can mean the difference between a few fleas and a full-blown infestation.
1. Flea shampoo. When you first begin to see flea filth or the bugs themselves, it may be a good idea to give your canine a thorough flea bath to eliminate any traces of the insects on your companion. Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Dog Shampoo will penetrate deep to the skin level to eliminate fleas at any stage of their life cycle and keep them from coming back for up to one month. The shampoo is also formulated with coconut extract, which can nourish your canine's skin and leave him or her smelling fresh.
2. Clear out your home. According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, removing any linens, pet supplies and other products that your pet may have come in contact with is essential. This means products like pet bowls, bedding, toys and other items that may have been lying around the floor. Treating your furniture and carpets with Hartz® UltraGuard Plus™ Flea & Tick Home Spray could also be a great option. This product will kill fleas, ticks, eggs and larvae and keep them from coming back for up to seven months.
3. Vacuum! Prepare to clean your home like you've never cleaned it before. To rid your home of a flea infestation, you will have to clean carpets, curtains, furniture and everything else in your home from top to bottom. Give bare surfaces a mop with cleaners and hot water, then be sure to throw out the inner bag of your vacuum cleaner immediately to prevent any insects escaping. This should take care of the problem, but if it persists, it may be wise to call a professional.