Blog

4 Ways to Fight Fleas

Summer is approaching quickly. As the weather warms out, fleas will come out in droves. Although fleas are a year-round nuisance in many parts of California, they can be extra annoying in hot weather. We are here to help! A local Cameron Park, CA vet offers tips on fighting fleas below.

Parasite Control

First and foremost, be sure to keep up with your pet’s parasite control products. There are many different options available, from topical drops to sprays to shampoos. Ask your vet for recommendations. It’s also important to follow application instructions to the letter. Never double up on these products: that may expose pets to unsafe levels of chemicals.

Vacuum

Vacuuming is one of the best things you can do to fight fleas. We recommend doing high-traffic areas and your furry buddy’s favorite hangout spots daily, and more thorough cleanings every week. When you are finished, immediately remove the bag or dump the canister out. Put the debris into a plastic bag, and then immediately seal it and take it outdoors. This will help prevent re-infestation. If you frequently take your dog on car rides, vacuum your vehicle weekly.

Landscaping

You may be surprised to find out how many ways your yard and landscaping can affect flea populations. Fleas don’t like direct sunlight, so you may want to consider trimming some branches back. Keeping your lawn mowed is also important. These disgusting parasites love to lurk in tall grasses, waiting for their next victim to pass through. If you have shrubs or hedges, trim them so they aren’t touching the walls of your house. Also, be sure to keep your property clear of debris, such as fallen branches. Finally, if you have a veggie garden or produce trees, pick up any fallen fruits or veggies. These can attract wild animals that carry fleas.

Housecleaning

Fleas like to lurk in small areas, such as baseboards, windowsills, and door frames. Regular cleaning will help keep them at bay. Also, be sure to keep clothing off the floor. Laundry piles make tempting habitats for uninvited guests! If you are battling an infestation, you may also want to sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth around. This is safe for pets and humans, and can help combat flea invasions. Ask your vet for more information.

Does your pet need parasite control products? Contact us, your Cameron Park, CA pet hospital, today!

Website Designed & Developed by DVMelite | All Rights Reserved | Login

Facebook

Twitter