If you want to completely get rid of fleas, you must remember the three main aspects of this problem:
- fleas live in your house;
- fleas live on your dog;
- your dog may get new fleas at your backyard.
Let’s kill the fleas living in your house!
Could you imagine that 95% of the fleas are hiding in your house and backyard or garden?! It sounds really stunning! That is why your first step should be vacuum cleaning.
Fleas like to get out of the light, so please pay attention to places next to base boards (they are known as skirting boards), all types of cracks in your floorboards and under furniture and rugs.
After that you will need to buy a special flea spray that contains IGR. IGR means Insect Growth Regulator. This protein stops fleas from getting mature so they will not reproduce.
Now you should spray all floors, carpets and rugs and places where your dog sleeps. Pay special attention to the dark places we mentioned above. Don’t forget to spray the nooks and crannies. Use this spray to make your backyard and garden flea-free zone.
After this procedure, try to avoid vacuuming for about one week (of course if it is possible). Actually the IGR component will have a residual effect.
Fleas on your pet
There is a wide range of flea treatments for dogs available. You are free to choose the one that will be the best solution for your dog.
The most common flea treatment includes sprays and drops. Flea sprays are applied on your pet’s fur and flea drops – directly on its crest. They are equally effective.
The duration of action of flea collars for dogs is usually longer, but in fact they do not treat the problem itself. We suggest using collars in combination with sprays or drops. While flea sprays and drops are treating animals from fleas, collars only scare them. This option may be used as prophylaxis, but not the only treatment.
Note that there are chemical and biological collars. Please do not use chemical collars for puppies, pregnant or lactating dogs, in these cases you will need biological ones.
As a preventive measure, you can also use a flea shampoo for pets. It is similar to flea collars.
How to get rid of fleas on dogs naturally?
If you are looking for some natural home remedies for the flea problem, please look through this information.
That’s a nice solution for dogs that like water and are patient enough. Your dog should remain submerged to the neck in a bath or bowl full of water for about 15 minutes. It’s the cheapest flea treatment I can imagine though it’s not an easy one.
Apple cider vinegar
You will need to mix 1/3 apple cider vinegar with 2/3 water. After the regular procedures of washing your dog with a shampoo and rinsing it, pour this mixture all over the dog. Then squeeze out the excess of water and dry the dog vigorously with a towel.
Garlic or brewer’s yeast
Feed your dog a very small amount of garlic or brewer’s yeast. Garlic is considered to be not only good for fleas, but it is also helpful with other ailments.
Lavender and lemon
Fill a spray bottle with some water and add some lemon juice or a few drops of lavender oil. Spray this mixture on your dog’s fur. You will like the smell, but not the fleas!
And the simplest but the most important advice is to keep your dog clean, healthy and properly groomed. Fleas will appear in long matted fur that is full of dust and skin irritations. Regular grooming will help you notice of fleas before they become a huge problem.