Fleas are a big nuisance in amazingly tiny bodies. They are resilient and it can seem to be impossible to get rid of them. Dog flea control requires the proper tools and great timing in order to eradicate them completely.
I learned the hard way that prevention is truly the best method of dog flea control. Years ago, it was much harder than today to keep up with flea control on dogs. There were no wonderful monthly oil treatments, and the only way to handle flea control was to tackle the issue after it occurred. What a mess!
I lived in an area with woods all around, and controlling fleas outside was impossible. I’d let my dogs Justi and Storm out to play, and it was a constant battle to control the fleas they’d bring back in as hitchhikers from the woods.
Once you have a flea infestation, you have to treat more than just the dog in order to get rid of the problem. Fleas jump off your dog and onto your carpets and furniture and will lay their eggs in those areas too.
Thankfully, today there are much easier ways to keep fleas off your dog and out of your house. Flea treatments include:
- Yard flea control
- Topical flea control
- Home flea control
Controlling Fleas from the Outside In
I couldn’t control the fleas in the wooded areas, but I could control fleas close to my home by keeping the grass kept cut short. Fleas love long grass. Ticks do too. So keeping it short prevented yard infestations, and as long as I kept the dogs in the yard, the fleas stayed away.
Topical Flea Control
When I did encounter fleas on the dogs themselves, dog flea spray got rid of them fast. By far, the best way to keep them away was to use a topical monthly treatment such as Frontline that you can get at www.valuepetsupplies.com.
Home Flea Control to Prevent and Get Rid of Fleas
To keep fleas away, regular vacuuming of rugs and furniture helps keep up with any possible eggs that fleas may lay. When I had in-home flea problems, I found that wasn’t enough to get rid of an actual infestation.
Wherever there is carpeting, you have to both vacuum and apply a good quality flea powder or dog flea spray. That means moving furniture to get beneath it, and taking pillows off of couches and chairs to get into the cracks.
I also had to remove any bedding the dog laid on, and wash it in hot water. If you have an active flea problem, it is important to do this at least every two weeks to break the flea’s lifecycle.
As I’m sure anyone who has ever fought off a flea infestation will attest, once is enough for any lifetime: I sure never wanted to go through that ever again. From then on, I made sure to keep up with advances in dog flea medication.
Once I got the hang of effective flea prevention, and especially after the great topical dog flea remedy oils came on the scene, I never had to worry about fleas again. Even when spending time on wood lined beaches with my new Papillon, Batty is delightfully flea-free.
Getting rid of fleas takes weeks. You have to battle the live flea, and also the eggs that hatch in two-week cycles. Missing the hatch cycle by even one day will mean another round of live flea control. It is also very important to empty your vacuum cleaner canister or remove the bag and dispose of it in an outside receptacle to prevent eggs that hatch inside the bag from getting out and invading your home.
Do yourself a favor; don’t learn the hard way like I did. Stay on top of dog flea control and prevent fleas before they invade your home. Getting rid of fleas is one experience you can happily live without.