The best ways to get rid of fleas are those most effective methods to eliminate fleas from your pets, your home and yourself. Fleas are never fun, biting and bothering you and your animals but with regular preventative measures and an aggressive treatment plan, getting rid of them doesn't have to be difficult or costly.
Before using any of these methods to get rid of fleas, identifying that you do in fact have a flea infestation is an important first step. Fleas can look like tiny black specks in your dog or cat's fur. Bites may cause redness and irritation. If you see your pet scratching a bit more than normal, check them out to see if you notice fleas or bites then get ready to attack those suckers.
The key to getting rid of fleas easily is a multi-faceted treatment plan. Prepare to treat your animals, your yard, your home and everything in your home all at once for best results. Shampoo your pets with flea shampoos or natural remedies. Launder all clothing and bedding. Vacuum carpet and furniture. Treat the home and yard. This aggressive approach, which may need to be repeated, will cover all your bases to eliminate fleas quickly and effectively.
Of course the best way to get rid of fleas is to prevent them. Talk to your vet about your options for topical flea prevention products, flea collars, things you can add to your pets' food and water and even natural remedies that will make your dogs and cats repel fleas before they get all cozy. Prevention is the best method, but when all else fails, follow these steps to remove fleas from your home and pets.
Use Flea Preventative
Perhaps the easiest ways to get rid of fleas is to prevent an infestation in the first place. Regular use of flea preventative, such as products designed to be used monthly on dogs and cats, flea collars and those which treat the home and yard where your pets occupy, gives the best chances to prevent fleas from setting up shop to begin with. As a bonus, many flea preventatives also repel ticks, mosquitos and other pests that can make your dog or cat uncomfortable or ill.
Flea Dips and Shampoos
While getting rid of fleas is a top priority, making any pets infested with fleas comfortable is of utmost importance as well. Professional pet groomers offer flea dip services, which surround the pet in a water bath treated with insecticides to treat the entire animal at one time. There are also a number of over the counter flea shampoos that are very effective, if you're comfortable with bathing your animals--and dealing with the chance of fleas jumping from them to you in the process--at home. Even natural remedies work for bathing. Combine a mild pet shampoo with lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar to create a flea repellant.
Treat the Home and Yard
Fleas don't just hide out in the hair of your pets, they love to sneak off into the cracks and crevices of your furniture, carpet and yard. To truly get rid of fleas, it's important to treat everything, home, yard and pets included. Browse the pest deterrent section at your local hardware or pet store for a number of options including insecticides which kill fleas and their eggs with chemicals to more non-toxic options, such as diatomaceous earth, a natural powder that kills insects but is harmless to humans and pets, or a combination of lemon juice and water in a spray.
Chances are if you see one flea somewhere on your pet or in your home, there are thousands more that you cannot see. So to make sure you're getting all of them, washing everything is a really important step. Launder all bedding and clothing that is anywhere near your infestation or has been near your pets lately. Thoroughly vacuum all furniture and carpet, and be sure to seal and dispose of the vacuum bag when you're done. Eggs can survive in the vacuum bag and re-infest your home if not properly removed. Don't forget to treat hard surfaces, such as wood floors and clothes hampers too, with a purchased flea-preventative wash or natural cleaner such as the trusty water, lemon and apple cider vinegar combination.