Posted 10th May 2018
The threat of fleas is a worry for many pet owners, with the thought of an infestation enough to bring anyone out in a cold sweat
Once they've infiltrated your home, fleas will seek out warmth as they burrow into bedding and carpets.
However, there are steps you can take to prevent an infestation in your home, in the process providing your pet and family.
A new campaign, The Big Flea Project, has recently launched, and is being carried out by veterinary practices across the country to find out more about fleas. Here, vet Hannah Newbury shares her five tips to help you prevent an outbreak in your home.
1 Get vacuuming
Be sure to regularly vacuum your carpets, furnishings, cracks in the floorboards and upholstered furniture. This helps you to reduce the chances of an adult flea infestation, but also cuts eggs and larvae if there is one.
2 Be careful when emptying the vacuum
Empty your vacuum away from the house – if you do have them, the fleas will still be alive, and you don't want them returning.
3 Ensure you keep on top of flea treatments
It's crucial to keep on top of your pet's protection all year. It's not worth treating just one and then leaving the other pets. Your vet will be able to advise on the best products, but you will need at least 12 weeks of continuous treatment to effectively break the flea life cycle.
4 Groom regularly
Ensure you regularly groom your pet with a flea comb and keep an eye out for any signs. An indication of fleas will be black or white specks in the comb.
5 Wash your pet's bedding
Fleas can survive without a host for months, burying into bedding and carpets of your home - this means it will be important to wash your bedding and any furnishings that your pet will use on a regular basis.
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