How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home for Good
Do You Have a Flea Problem in Your House?
If you own a cat or dog, you may have encountered a problem with fleas in your household. As embarrassing as this problem may be, there is a way to get rid of fleas once and for all! Most pet stores will not tell you the effective tricks I'm about to mention because they want you to keep buying more flea products. You keep filling their pockets, and they leave you stuck with a flea infestation! Take my advice and break the cycle—you will exterminate fleas from your home once and for all.
Heavy Duty Flea Bombs Are Not Necessary
Much of the anti-flea products that you can buy at most pet stores such as foggers and upholstery sprays are not worth your money and are a waste of time. My husband and I have purchased and used these products on two separate occasions . . . both times we were unsuccessful in ridding our house of fleas. Not to mention, these products are not good for the environment and not good for children or pets to come in contact with. Do yourself a favor and skip buying these products. They didn't work for us and they won't work for you!
Flea Products That Work: Boric Acid to the Rescue
The first thing you're going to want to buy is. Ironically, our Petsmart didn't even sell it in their store, so we had to go to a local feed store (farm supply) in order to purchase this product. I believe it was about $45.00 for a canister which seems expensive, but when you think about it, you're actually going to spend less in the long run. If you purchase a $45.00 product that eliminates your pest problem as opposed to purchasing multiple products from the pet store, this is definitely saving you money. boric acid
As soon as we spread the boric acid over our carpets, under our furniture, and on our furniture, the flea problem disappeared. Okay, maybe not within seconds, but within days our cat wasn't scratching anymore and we knew the fleas had been killed.
The best thing about this product is that it is non-toxic to humans and pets and doesn't leave harmful residues on your furniture or carpets like foggers and chemical sprays do. Boric acid is an absolute MUST for eradicating a flea problem in the home.
Be sure to vacuum the boric acid up a week after putting it down. After the initial vacuuming, my advice is to vacuum once a day (yes, I know it's a pain) for the next week. This will ensure that you vacuum up flea debris and rogue eggs.
Don't Skimp on Treating Your Yard
The next product you are going to want to purchase and put down on the same day as the boric acid is an anti-flea yard spray. We had not treated our yard and believe that the fleas were actually taking a hike on us into our home and jumping onto our cat. Living in Florida, there are many bugs and creepy crawlies here, and fleas are no exception to that rule. So, purchase a yard spray and spray the areas that you tend to walk through including all around the doors to your home. This prevents any of the fleas from hitching a ride inside and getting into your house or on your pet again. This step is necessary to prevent a reoccurrence.
Stay Current on Your Pet's Treatment
Ensure that your pet is flea-free or well on his way. Here on some tips on how to keep your pet flea-free:
- Capstar: If fleas are present on your pet, you may want to purchase a product called Capstar. Capstar is a pill that can be given once to your pet and kills adult fleas within a few hours after ingestion. We used this product on our cat and it seemed to do the trick of killing whatever pests were hiding on him. You can use this product as long as you feel it is necessary. You'll definitely want to read the directions before administering it.
- Topical Treatment: You will also want to do the obvious thing and treat your pet with a flea medication such as Revolution. Frontline no longer works for keeping fleas off of your pet. Let me repeat that: Frontline no longer works! Our cat acquired a flea problem while on Frontline. Do yourself a favor and throw out the Frontline and buy a more effective product. Fleas become "immune" to certain types of chemicals and pesticides over a period of time. This is survival of the fittest at its best (or its worst). I've also been told that Advantage II no longer works on dogs. Try different products until you find one that is more effective.
- Mark Your Calendar: Be sure to mark on a calendar when you gave and need to give your pet his monthly treatment. This way, you do not have to remember exactly what day you treated him last and accidentally leave a window of susceptibility. You don't want these bad boys coming back and infesting your home or pet ever again, so do as I say!