fleasIf you have pets, you may have encountered fleas before. If your dog or cat seems to be scratching more than usual, you ┬ámay have a flea outbreak in your home or yard. Don’t panic, however. There are a number of things you can do in order to get rid of any fleas in your home and yard.

One of the first things you can do to determine if you have fleas in your home is to use a flea comb on your pet. To use a flea comb, you will need the comb and a bowl with a solution of liquid dish soap and water to kill any live fleas you find on your pet. What you do is comb your pet’s fur backwards with the flea comb. Then, before fleas caught by the comb have a chance to jump off the comb and back onto your dog, dip the comb into the bowl of liquid dish soap and water. Any fleas on the comb will get stuck in the sticky solution and drown.

This is only a temporary measure, however. You’re killing the current fleas on your pet; you also need to kill any fleas that jump onto your pet after you have used the flea comb.

There are a number of medications that can be safely used on your pet to kill fleas, including Frontline and Advantage. Simply follow the instructions on the flea medication and use it for the summer months when fleas are at their most prevalent. If you are interested in a more natural product for your home and pet, a solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle can effectively deter fleas from your pet.

If you want to treat your home and yard for fleas, as well as keep them off your pet, there are some other tools you can use. There are foggers and powders that can be used indoors in order to kill fleas. A natural product that is often good at getting rid of fleas in the home is diatomaceous earth. Harmless to humans and pets, it cuts up the exoskeletons of fleas and causes them to starve.

There are ┬ánumerous products that you can use in your yard. Most of these products attach to your hose and you can spray them throughout your lawn. It’s important to avoid any plants or flowers with the chemicals.

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