Fleas are the most prevalent pest your pet can have. They occur on cats too, but they seem to irritate dogs most often. Dog owners seem quick to treat their dog with medications, sprays, collars and creams but, how about the fleas in your home. If you don’t get rid of them in your house your pet will have to endure continuous outbreaks.
To get rid of the fleas in your house you will need to treat the dog and your house at the same time. The goal here is to get rid of the adults as well as the adolescents so nothing is left to procreate. First, take the dog to the vet; get the strongest available flea repellant appropriate for your dog. Next is to address the issues in the house.
First, thoroughly vacuum your carpets. This means under and behind drapes, around the legs of the furniture and where your pet sleeps or rests. You must remove the vacuum cleaner bag and either burn it or wrap it up in a tightly sealed bag and put it outside in the garbage. If you only vacuum and don’t dispose of the bag; fleas can crawl out of the vacuum and start the cycle over again.
In really tough situations flea foggers are recommended for larger areas of your home. There are surface sprays that can get in around base boards and under carpeting where the fogger can’t reach.
Wash your pet’s bedding weekly, clean and surface spray the area around the bed. Clean and sanitize anywhere you pet spends time. The basement, the car, a car carrier and even plush toys should be washed and sprayed.
This sounds like a lot of work but, to keep your pet comfortable and disease free this is all necessary. Your vet or your local carpet store may have suggestions on products for your home and car. If the problem hasn’t gone away after all this effort, it is time to call in a professional.

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