Flea Control

Written by Courtney Salinas
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There are things you can do to control flea populations that don't require insecticides of any kind. Vacuuming the carpet is an effective and easy way to help control the flea population. If you've got a heavy flea infestation, you'll want to change the bag after every vacuum. Don't put the bag in your household trash. Take it as far away from your house as you can. Fleas will continue to live and breed inside vacuum bags.

It's also a good idea to protect your pet by applying medicines directly to the pet. There are many topical flea control formulas available today that you put on your cat or dog's skin to combat fleas. The flea comes into contact with the flea control either through the pet's blood or the pet's skin and the flea's nervous system is compromised.

Keeping your yard clean will also help to fight flea infestations. Avoid having lots of dark, cool spaces, like piles of gravel or rock, where the fleas can live and breed. Keep your lawn trimmed and all your shrubs and plants well pruned. Fleas thrive in brushy, overgrown areas, so trimming will help to keep populations down.

Being Cautious with Insecticides

If you spray an insecticide, be sure to carefully read all instructions before using. Some insecticides require that you wet down the lawn after you spray, others don't. Some contain warnings about human and pet health when exposed to these insecticides, so be careful.

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