The bane of every pet owner are those nasty beasties that feed on our beloveds. Specifically I’m referring to fleas. Hailing from a place that has a vibrant insect climate, I’m well acquainted with flea infestations. In a few words… NOT FUN. One needs a multi-pronged approach to the battle with these things. Outside, inside and in depth.
Thankfully Southern California has a short flea season. Nevertheless, here are a few tips that are crawling around the interwebs to help combat the problem. Take and use at your own risk.
1. Act Immediately: Any time spent waiting is time your animals (or yourself) are suffering. Act now, call into work or have a friend help out, the clock is ticking!
2. Round Up Dirty Clothes and Linens: Bag all your dirty clothes and linens in a trash bag and seal it off tight. Place it in the hallway or car while performing the next two steps.
3. Wash Your Pets: If you have the ability to do it at home, we highly suggest Neem Flea Shampoo. It's safe for your pets and doesn't leave skin itchy or dry. It works on contact and a little goes a long way! If you need to take your pets elsewhere to be washed you'll need to have a friend or neighbor stand in the hallway or outside while the next step is completed.
4. Bombs Away!: Even though we prefer natural products to anything, sometimes we like knowing that this thick fog floats into all the nooks and crannies in our home. Before now you had to read labels very carefully to ensure the fogger killed flea and bedbug larvae as well as the adult critters. Now you can find Hot Shot and Raid in Flea formulas that will do both without all the intense reading (plus they were both cheaper at our local hardware store than other foggers).
5. Drop Your Clothes Off At The Cleaners: Most laundromats will clean your clothes for a few dollars a pound. Although it can be weird to have someone else do this, it's cheaper to have someone do your laundry than it is to board your animals.
6. Wait: Find a friend or a local park to hang out at (though it could be hard to do with a cat) until the bombing time is over.
7. Clean: Surfaces that could have food prepared on them or eaten off of (if you're an animal) should be washed with soap and water. Vacuum carpets and upholstery to suck up dead fleas (and any remaining live ones) and empty your vacuum into the trash in a sealed container and take it out of the house.
8. Place A Banana Peel Under The Sofa: I have no idea why this is supposed to work, nor can I comment on if it does. Whenever I try it, my little beastie goes crazy and does whatever she can to get at the peel.
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