Ridding Fleas From Your Furry Friends

When fleas get into your home, you are likely to be concerned about bites. You have good reason to be concerned. Fleas readily bite humans. Fortunately, they can't live on us. You don't make a suitable host for a flea. That is not the case with your dog or your cat. If you have furry family members, they can be tormented by fleas. Not only are flea bites irritating, but continuous bites can lead to serious medical issues such as flea allergy dermatitis and anemia. Fleas may also transmit diseases to your pets such as bartonellosis, tularemia typhus, or even the plague—yes, the plague is still around. Fleas aren't just frustrating pests that take over your home. They can make you and your pets sick. Here are some insights into what works and what does not work to get fleas off your furry friend.

cat itching because of fleas

Healthy Flea Control

It is common for people to turn to "natural" remedies when they find fleas on their dogs or cats. We understand why you might want to do this. It is healthier for your pets than using chemicals. But there is something you should know about natural remedies: They rarely work to arrest flea infestations. We're not saying they don't work at all, we're saying that you are more likely to put your pets through a lot of unnecessary suffering by bathing them over and over again with vinegar or some other "natural" product than you are to stop the cycle of infestation. Fleas don't just infest your pets. If your pets have fleas on them, it is likely that you have flea eggs or cocooned fleas in your home. These must be addressed. And it isn't just a matter of spraying your home with some natural ingredient that kills fleas or repels them. You need to use a systematic approach to be successful with natural products. Considers these points:

  • Wet ingredients do not have the same effect once they dry. For instance, fleas can walk over carpet that has had a vinegar treatment once the vinegar has dried. So fleas that hatch from eggs or fleas that break out of cocoons will be able to continue the cycle of infestation.
  • Products that repel fleas give fleas no place to go. They're not going to hop their way out of your home. They'll stay and get used to the smell.
  • Salt and diatomaceous earth will not kill fleas in their eggs. You are likely to vacuum those products up before they have any impact on the fleas in your home.

What Works to Kill Fleas?

Arresting flea infestations is a mixture of veterinarian-prescribed products for your pets and a treatment of your home that breaks the cycle of infestation. The best way to treat your home is to get pet-friendly flea removal with Family Pest Control. Our expertly-trained pest professionals know what products to use and how to apply them in a way that will effectively eliminate your infestation. Our technicians will also work to address the factors that lead to your infestation. It is no fun paying out money to have someone get rid of your fleas only to have another flea infestation take root a few months later. At Family Pest Control our family cares about your family. We don't want to give you a temporary patch. We want you to have a flea-free life if possible.

What can lead to a flea infestation? Wildlife activity in your yard and around your home, damp conditions near your exterior walls, mouse and rat infestations, and more.

If you live in the Greater San Antonio area and you'd like assistance with flea control, reach out to us. We've been serving our hometown since 1981. In that time, we have devoted ourselves to education and excellent customer service. You can trust our professionals to help your family keep pests from harming your health, hurting your pets, and damaging your property. Get started by requesting a free pest control estimate. We'll send someone over to look at your pest issue and give you the information you need to get control of the problem. It's that simple.  


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