Preventing a re-occurrence of fleas

 Preventing a re-occurrence of fleasIf you’ve battled a flea infestation in your home, the last thing you want is to have to deal with these pests again. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to prevent fleas from getting back into your home and causing problems again.

 

Vacuum Everything

Running a vacuum cleaner over carpets, floors, curtains, bed linens and furniture helps remove any flea eggs that might still be around. Doing this on a regular basis helps lower your risk of having these pests come back.

 

Wash Bedding Every Week

Washing the bedding that your dog sleeps on also helps to prevent fleas. If your dog sleeps in a dog bed, plan on washing and treating it with a safe product that prevents fleas. If your dog sleeps on your bed or the couch, wash bed linens weekly or vacuum the couch daily.

 

Don’t Overlook Other Areas

Preventing fleas from coming back means paying attention to any areas that your dog has been in, including basements, garages, crates and pet carriers. You should even vacuum your car if your dog has been in it during a flea infestation. Vacuuming these areas helps destroy remaining flea eggs, which significantly reduces the risk of a flea infestation occurring again.

 

Treat Outdoor Areas

It’s not just the inside of your home that you need to worry about. Fleas can also get in from outside if your dog carries them in. You can treat your yard for fleas to destroy them and prevent them from being able to reproduce. This lowers the risk of having your dog bring them in after spending time outside.

 

Flea Prevention for Dogs

Preventing a flea recurrence also means keeping them off of your dog. You can use a monthly topical flea treatment for this or other products, such as flea collars or flea sprays. These products help kill any remaining fleas and prevent others from infesting your dog. These products are highly recommended if you send your dog to daycare regularly.  You should ask your vet about products that are safe and effective to use on your dog in order to keep fleas at bay.