Fleas are a pet owners nightmare and any one of your pets that spends time outside could pick them up and bring them back into the home. Once inside the home a flea infestation will begin to affect everyone in the house, not just the dog.
Flea bites are irritating, and whilst dog fleas can’t live solely on humans they can survive in the home long enough to cause you discomfort. Bites appear as raised red itchy bumps on the skin most commonly around the ankles and calves, but can appear across the stomach, lower back, or anywhere where parts of your body are exposed, particularly when asleep.
Pet stores will often carry a variety of flea treatments for your pet and for your home. You first step should be to treat the initial problem with the fleas on your dog. Different flea treatments have varying dosage amounts depending on the size and weight of your dog so check with the manufacturers labels before administering.
The moment you’ve given the flea treatment to the dog, the real work begins!
Assess how long it’s been since you’ve been noticing the flea infestation. If it has been a long time, the infestation is particularly bad and if you can spare them, throw out all bed sheets. If you can’t dispose of them, wash them on the highest wash possible. Vacuum thoroughly all mattresses and fabric furniture as well as all the carpets in the house. Upon completing this, should you choose too, you can use a ‘Flea Bomb’
Flea bombs can be purchased readily at local pet stores and are simply and effective to use in the battle with a flea infestation. They are however, very time consuming and require you to be out of the house for some time. When you’re ready to use one you unbox and activate the chemicals in the flea bomb and leave the room, closing all doors behind you. It should release a smokey gas of flea treatment. You then leave the room for a required amount of hours on the instructions and on your return open the windows and air the room.
Some chemicals may not agree with some of your soft furnishings so it’s worth checking to make sure that none of your furniture will be damaged.
Vacuum your whole house daily and continue for at least 7 days after completing treatments on your dog and home. Make sure that you find a routine and stick to it even when it seems that all the fleas have disappeared. Following completion of flea treatments It should be possible to move onto a maintenance program that ensures that cleaning of furniture, carpets and pet bedding is carried out once a week, and that your pet is bathed using a citrus oil based shampoo. If the fleas return, then revert back to a fuller routine.
Treatment with specific flea-targeting sprays are the most effective way of treatment. Should you not wish to use chemicals in the home, we have an article on treating fleas without using chemicals.
How to Treat Fleas Without Chemicals
If you’d like to avoid using chemicals in the home this article is for you.