Having fleas in house can really be annoying. Getting rid of fleas in house is not an easy job. You need to make a three-prong plan on how to get rid of fleas on your dog first, how to treat fleas in the house and how to control fleas from re-infesting. Having a plan will not only kill or treat on spot fleas but totally eliminate eggs and larvae. It’s like battling with a swarm of fleas as your enemy.
Killing On-Spot Fleas
Flea shampoo and flea insecticide are easily accessible over-the-counter. Some of them contain safe and active ingredients that many dog owners trust and use regularly. The cost is affordable as dog flea killer is applied once a month only. Dog shampoo with flea-killing ingredient is also economical.
- Flea shampoo is the first treatment to give your dog. Bathe your dog using a flea shampoo that your vet has recommended. Your vet might recommend a shampoo that has pyrethrins or an insect growth regulator (IGR) which can eliminate both adult fleas and eggs. When giving your dog a flea bath, make sure that you use slightly warm or cold water. Comb down the fleas with fine flea comb. Some suggestions on the best flea shampoo to choose from are Farnam Bio Guard Gentle Shampoo, and Zodiac FleaTrol Shampoo. Hartz InControl Flea Shampoo for Dogs is also effective but the negative reviews about other Hartz flea treatment products may make you think twice to use this brand of shampoo. Remember to shampoo the head and neck areas well as fleas have the tendency to run upward.
- Spot-on flea insecticides like Frontline, Advantage, Vectra 3D and K9 Advantix contain active ingredients imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen and insect growth regulator (IGR) to kill fleas in all stages of the insect life cycle.
- Some flea killer tablets can be added to dog food such as Program and Sentinel. The pill does not kill adult fleas but when female fleas ingest the substance (insect growth regulator) from biting or contact with the dog skin, the female fleas will lay eggs that will not be hatched at all. In this way the growth of fleas are stopped at the earliest stage.
For pet owners who prefer the natural flea treatment, they can also use natural ingredients for homemade flea shampoos and flea treatment that’s safe for their dogs and the house members.
- Use flea shampoo with natural ingredients like pine cedar, bergamot, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, juniper or geranium. These aromatic herbs drive away the fleas and can be effective if you only have one or two small pets with few fleas to combat.
- Homemade drops, sprays and dips using essential oils are natural solutions to dog fleas. Brewer’s yeast instead of flea tablets is also natural.
Treat Fleas in House
Ninety percent of the fleas are still inside the house or out in your yard. Getting rid of adult fleas on your dog will only be short-term if you do not rid the entire house of the eggs and larvae. There are still adult fleas in the carpet, rugs, under the furniture and the beddings that can start another cycle of fleas in a few days. Treating fleas in house or indoor is the next wise step.
- Use pesticides or foggers to kill the indoor fleas. Make sure that you use the product safely and properly by reading the instructions.
- Vacuum after applying insecticides to make sure that all remaining fleas will be rid off. Use a vacuum plastic with dash of flea powder or flea drops inside to kill fleas that survived the fogging. Discard the plastic immediately.
Out in your yard, there are fleas that need to be exterminated. Flea eggs are waiting to be hatched. Larvae are passively waiting to hop on a host. Adult fleas are just eager to bite and re-infest your pet. What is the best thing to do?
- Bathe your pet regularly and groom your pet with fine flea comb to remove any remaining fleas in your dog.
- Use flea collar with drops of essential oil to ward off fleas.
- You will need a hose end sprayer and an insecticides such as permethrin-based outdoor spray or one that is used by professional insect exterminators. Following the instruction and the correct proportion of insecticide and water, spray on your lawn in a sweeping manner.
- Do a general cleaning of your yard and discard all rubbish.
- Scatter diatomaceous earth on your lawn. Diatomaceous earth punctures the body of the fleas and dries them out including the eggs and larvae.
If rain hasn’t washed out the insecticide, inspect your yard after a week by wearing a white sock to check if there are still fleas alive. Of course, it’s impossible to totally eliminate them but you can spray again after seven or fourteen days.