Five Ways to Fight Fleas

Summer is almost here! As the warm weather returns, so will fleas, ticks, and other parasites. These tiny monsters can not only make our furry friends uncomfortable, they can also make pets very, very sick. Keeping your pet safe from fleas and ticks is very important! Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet offers some helpful tips on keeping fleas away.

Prevention

First things first: be sure to keep up with your four-legged pal’s parasite control products. There are many different types of products available today, from topical drops to pills to shampoos, sprays, and powders. Ask your vet for specific recommendations and application instructions.

Vacuuming

When it comes to fighting fleas, the vacuum may very well be your greatest ally. If you are battling an infestation, vacuum every day. (Bonus: this will also help remove fur and dander from your home.) Be sure to empty the bag or canister immediately. Dump the contents into a plastic bag, then dispose of it outside your home. This will help prevent re-infestation.

Wash Pet Bedding

Washing your pet’s bedding regularly will also help kill fleas and eggs. Use unscented detergent, hot water, and the hottest dryer cycle you have. If your four-legged buddy’s bed is too big for your washing machine, vacuum it instead. Another option is to run a hot iron over your furry pal’s bedding. Just do a quick spot-check first, to make sure it won’t damage the material.

Lawn/Garden

Fleas thrive in damp, shady areas. Trimming back overhanging hedges can help keep these uninvited guests from getting comfortable in your yard. Dead branches and leaves can also make tempting habitats for these disgusting parasites, so be sure to remove debris piles as well. We also recommend picking up any fruits or vegetables that may have fallen from trees or plants, as these can attract wild animals that carry fleas. If you use pesticides, opt for pet-safe products. Ask your vet and lawn care technician for specific recommendations.

Diatomaceous Earth

Another way to keep fleas away is to sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth around your doors, windows, and baseboards. Just keep your pet away while you’re applying it: it isn’t toxic, but the dust can be problematic. Ask your vet for more information.

Does your pet need parasite control products? Call us! As your Sugar Land, TX animal clinic, we’re here for you!