Your home is the place where you feel safe, the place where you live day by day, so logically no one wants insects like fleas creeping around your rooms, jumping from here to there and disturbing you with their pesky bites.
If your cat or your dog is bothered by fleas, you should do something about it. Here are some ways of getting rid of them.
What do you need to know?
The flea is an agile but small insect that thrives on feeding on the blood of other animals, usually your furry and harmless cat or dog.
Once fleas infiltrate your house, they can survive in the carpet and on your pets, and in typically dusty places; if no action is taken, the situation can quickly become a full-blown infestation. Fleas can die easily thanks to insecticides and you can also vacuum them, especially if you have upholstered furniture. Be sure to clean your pets frequently; otherwise fleas can re-infest your entire house.
What is the best way?
Vacuuming your house twice daily for 2 weeks can make your life easier. Vacuum over any flea-affected areas, including the places where your dog or cat roams. Moving furniture and vacuuming underneath it provides a safer environment.
However, vacuuming might not prove to be all that effective because fleas lay eggs everywhere and they’re quite versatile so they will try to escape the appliance.
Botanical dust mixed with Borate acid
This remedy is safe for animals and humans, as well. Fleas can live up to one week if they do not have blood from their hosts, but flea larvae can survive up to a few months. Treating your house with botanical dust and Borate acid can kill the larvae as well.
These are perhaps the oldest insecticides to have been invented. Borates are minerals that are used widely as wood preservatives, detergents, and insecticides, acting as stomach poisons to fleas. These are low in toxicity and are safe around humans.
Mind your backyard
Use prune foliage and trim the grass to expose flea larvae to sunlight before letting your pets outside. If you see any dark, moist spots, find a way to expose them to sunlight. Fleas hate cedar wood chips or Eucalyptus leaves so they are really good if you see that your pet still brings fleas into the home.
You can even plant eucalyptus bushes, although they grow quite robustly and can negatively affect the ability of other plants to grow around them. Isn’t this such an easy option for treating fleas?
We hope we helped you win the fight against fleas. Also, do not forget to check any flea sprays for houses before using one so as to see if it is safe for animals and also for humans.