Friday tip of the day – Cleaning after fleas

October 5, 2012 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

It happened:  Fleas took up residence on your dog.  Don’t feel bad; without a routine preventive, these bugs invade even the cleanest pup.
Ask your vet how to de-flea your dog, then clean your house.  Why?  Female fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day, which scatter throughout your home, eventually hatching.
WASH:  Use warm, soapy water to launder your dog’s bedding and cloth toys, as well as household items, such as doormats or throw blankets.
VACUUM:  Make several passes through rooms, halls, and upholstery, using attachments to get into crevices.
CHECK THE YARD:  Yards can harbor fleas, too.  The university of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources suggests walking around outdoor areas wearing tall, white socks.  Fleas will jump onto the socks and be readily visible.  Hose down problem areas with hot, soapy water.
TREAT:  An indoor insecticide may be needed with stubborn cases.  According to the University of California, a formula that contains the insect growth regulator methoprene or pyriproxyfen is best.  Apply the problem areas with a sprayer, rather than using a self-release “bomb” or “fogger”, which won’t provide focused coverage.
MOST IMPORTANT:  Get all pets on a veterinarian-prescribed flea preventive, and apply regularly as directed.  You don’t want to go through all this again!

Written by Debbie Swanson in the October 2012 edition of the Dog Fancy magazine


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