Preventing Flea Infestations

Education and early detection are critical steps in preventing flea infestations. A flea-infested dog or cat can introduce hundreds of new flea eggs into a home each day, leading to enormous flea populations. Once a home becomes infested, control can be challenging, time-consuming and expensive.

If fleas are found, both pets and their surroundings will need treatment as soon as possible. Below are a few tips for year-round flea prevention:

  • Vacuum carpets regularly, focusing on areas where
    pets spend a lot of time.
  • Wash dog and cat bedding weekly in hot water
  • Treat pets with veterinary-recommended flea control
    products and/or medications
  • Watch for signs of a flea infestation:
    - scratchy skin or skin infections
    - white rice-like pieces (tapeworm) in pet feces
    - actual fleas or “flea dirt” (dark specs of dried
    blood)

For additional information, see “Flea Removal and Proper Extermination

If you have a flea infestation, don’t wait. Call us today at 1-800-323-7378 and ask about our comprehensive HomeCare Green Program that controls 60 unwanted pests in your home, including fleas.

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