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6 Tips to Rid Your Home and Pet of Fleas and Ticks

When you have a cat or dog, chances are, you also might have fleas and ticks at some point in time too. Your furry friend is a target for common pests, and as they come and go outside, they can bring bugs and parasites in with them.

As hard as it might be to hear, spotting just one flea can signal a much larger problem. A single flea can lay up to 500 eggs a day. So, just a few can cause a rapid flea infestation.  The fleas you can see are only a small percentage of the bugs that make your house their home. Up to 95 percent of fleas in your home are in different growth stages, from pupae or larvae, making it easy for an infestation to go unnoticed. You only see the small number of adult fleas that can jump on your pet.

They can burrow into the fibers of your carpet, furniture and even stuffed toys. And because pests’ life cycles are difficult to conquer, getting rid of them can be tricky. You need to be proactive and approach the issue from different angles to keep your pet and your family safe and bite-free.

How to get rid of pests: To effectively rid your home of fleas and ticks, follow these steps:

1. Treat your pet: To kill existing adult fleas and other pests that are currently living on your pet, use a quick-acting treatment like Capstar. This dog and cat flea treatment is taken orally and kills bugs in as little as four hours.

2. Fog your home: For fleas and ticks that may have taken up residence in your home, you can take aggressive action against a flea infestation with a fogging treatment. Products like Virbac Knockout Room & Area Fogger kill all current pests and inhibit new infestations for up to seven months. Before setting off the fogger, plan to be out of the house for up to 24 hours, and board your pet elsewhere to keep him safe.

3. Use carpet spray: While a fogger will kill all living pests, some of the eggs and larvae may survive the initial treatment. Use a spray on the carpet and plush toys and furniture to prevent any of the eggs from hatching.

4. Spray outside: Your yard is a breeding ground for fleas, mosquitos and other pests. Treating your backyard with a pet-safe spray can keep the pest populations down and limit the spread of diseases that can be spread by the bugs.

5. Wash bedding: Your pet’s bedding is a haven for pests, but if your cat or dog with fleas also likes to snuggle in your own bed, that can be a host for bugs, too. Yuck! Eliminate the risk of pests by washing everything your pet sleeps on or plays with in detergent and hot water.

6. Get on a routine: Once you have thoroughly treated your home inside and out, get on a pest prevention routine to keep the bugs at bay. Products like Seresto,  Advantage II or Frontline can keep your pet safe and prevent pests from entering your home.

Flea infestations are very difficult to get rid of. It’s important to do all of the different steps to keep bugs from reappearing in your home. By being proactive and take these precautions, so that you can stop the problem at the source and protect your family.