Controlling Fleas and Ticks
If you have pets, you have probably had fleas. They’re a nuisance, but they can also transmit diseases, so it’s important to eradicate them when they infest your home.
Types and Habits of Fleas
You’re most likely to have cat fleas in your house, but don’t let the name fool you. The fleas on dogs and people are also usually the type called cat fleas. Other types of fleas are found in Australia, but they’re much less common in the home.
Fleas live on the blood of animals. The larvae usually hide in crevices until they’re mature. They emerge when they’re ready to find a host.
Fleas can transmit blood-borne diseases and parasites. They often infect dogs and cats with tapeworm, and they can transmit this to humans, too.
Prevention Tips for Fleas
The best way to prevent a flea infestation is to treat your pet. Your veterinarian can help you sort through your options and find the best preventive medication.
You should also vacuum often to collect any stray fleas or eggs that may have made their way into your home. Keeping your pet’s bedding clean is also a must. Try to find a pet bed that can be washed in hot water.
Control of Fleas
Eradicating fleas often means treating your pets, the interior of your home, and your yard. The interior of your house may need to be fumigated. You might also need to wash things like curtains, cushions, and human and animal bedding in the hottest water the fibres can take.
Your yard will probably need to be treated with insecticides as well. An insect growth regulator will keep the immature stages of the flea from developing into the biting adults.
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