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Keeping Your Pet Free of Fleas

Today, there are several options available for easy flea control. There are topical drops, pills, collars, and sprays, as well as flea shampoo and dips. While many of the modern treatments for fleas are quite effective and easy to apply, you may find they work best if you do a bit of routine prevention as well. Bathing is of course a must for dogs, but there are a few other things you can do around the house to help ensure your Fayette County home stays flea-free.

Flea Combs

Flea combs are specifically designed to capture these unwanted visitors in their thin teeth. Combing your pet with a flea comb regularly will not only help keep fleas down, but will help you monitor your pet for flea infestations. If your furry pal is just a baby, get them used to the flea comb while they are young.

Bedding

Whether your furry friend is canine or feline, their bedding should be washed frequently, and dried in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes.

Vacuuming

Fleas love to lay their eggs in carpets, so regular vacuuming is very effective at keeping their numbers down. After vacuuming, make sure to dispose of the bag properly by sealing it in a plastic bag, then immediately bringing it outside. If you have a bagless machine, empty the canister into a garbage bag and then immediately seal it and bring it outdoors.

The Car

Your car can actually harbor fleas, particularly if you like to take your furry buddy out for rides with you. Routinely vacuuming your vehicle will help with flea control.

The Yard

Fleas tend to thrive in dark, moist areas. Your dog absolutely needs a shady area in summer, but you may find that these favorite spots tend to harbor unwanted guests. Treat shady/moist areas regularly. Keeping your yard clear of organic debris, such as dead branches and leaf piles, will also help keep flea numbers down, as yard waste makes perfect flea habitats.

With a bit of diligence, you can keep fleas out of your Fayette County home.

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