It’s spring in the northern hemisphere, and those little pests are out and about.
Recently I discovered a flea on Malachi. Even though he doesn’t go outside, and even though Rumpy takes Trifexis for heart worms and fleas, a flea got inside and on my baby.
The worst part is if I see one flea, odds are there’s several more.
When I see a flea, I know it’s time to take action. The longer I wait, the greater the chance of an infestation. So what steps did I take?
I went to the vet and bought a flea treatment for cats. My vet recommendeded Comfortis for cats, a chewable tablet that starts killing the fleas within 30 minutes of ingestion. And boy, did it work! I started seeing dead fleas within an hour. Comfortis should be given on a full stomach.
I vacuumed all carpeted areas. Regular vacuuming will pick up fleas, the eggs, and larvae. Dispose of the vaccum bag or empty the canister in your outside trash receptacle.
I washed all bedding in hot water. That will kill fleas and their eggs in bedding, blankets, and other washable areas.
I sprinkled diatomaceous earth on the carpet and furniture. Food grade diatomaceous earth works great on fleas. The crushed shell will puncture the hard exoskeleton of a flea, causing it to die of natural causes. And because DE is not a chemical, it will just keep on working.
I sprayed the yard with diatomaceous earth mixed in water. I mixed the DE and water in my sprayer and gave the entire yard a once-over. Some people use beneficial nematodes in the yard instead. I’ve never used them, but others have told me they work quite well.
I keep a flea spray in my car. Because I go to many different places throughout my day, there’s always the chance I’ll pick up fleas and bring them home. So if I find myself at a place where I see fleas, I spray my pants legs and shoes either before I get in the car or as soon as possible. I bought an OTC that’s for use on cats. That way it will kill the fleas but shouldn’t be harmful for June Buggie or Rumpy.
Fleas spread diseases and are a nuisance. If they get a foothold in your carpet, they’re difficult to get rid of. You can’t afford to not be vigilant when it comes to fleas.
What do you do to keep fleas out of your home and off your pets?