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How to prevent fleas in your home

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Have you ever been relaxing at home and noticed that your cat or dog is scratching more than usual? This could mean they have fleas. Once fleas have entered the house, it will be difficult to get rid of them. Successful flea prevention in your home starts with getting rid of existing fleas and preventing them from returning. Here's what you can do to prevent fleas from getting in and getting a foothold.

Fleas may be hiding in your home

Fleas love to hide in crevices. Their populations are larger in areas where they can feed (such as in pet bedding and living rooms) and breed undisturbed (such as in areas with less traffic or on carpeted floors). They also live in upholstery, furniture and other common household items, especially where they can keep warm. Simply put, fleas can be found almost anywhere. And just because you don't see fleas doesn't mean they aren't there yet. Fleas can be a problem all year round, whether it's winter or summer.

Treat your pets for fleas

If your pets have irritated skin or are scratching or biting their fur more than usual, they may have fleas. Run a flea comb through their fur and you may find dark patches called "flea dirt" or even live fleas.1

If you find fleas in your home, treat all pets, not just those that show signs of fleas. Give them immediate relief with a flea bath or flea spray. These treatments are effective, so use only one method, not both.

There are several types of flea treatments you can consider. Adams Plus offers a flea and tick collar for cats with a quick release collar and a flea and tick collar for dogs. Or you can try a foaming flea and tick shampoo and detergent for dogs and puppies that kills fleas and prevents eggs from hatching for 28 days. Adams even makes a cleansing flea and tick shampoo specifically for cats.

You may want to consider topical flea and tick treatment for dogs or cats. They can control re-infestations for 30 days and kill adult fleas.

Clean your home thoroughly

To get rid of fleas and prevent fleas, thoroughly clean your home. Wash everything, including pet bedding, linens, comforters, blankets and linens. Any materials that may harbor fleas should be washed at least once every two to three weeks, although clothing, towels and other fabrics stored in closed drawers may not need to be washed.2

Once your home is cleared of clutter and the mopping routine has begun, it's time to start vacuuming to prepare for the pest treatment. Start by vacuuming all the areas you will be vacuuming, including carpets, bare floors, upholstery, furniture, and cracks and crevices where fleas may hide. This prepares your home by killing flea eggs and larvae and preventing the pupae from hatching, making them easier to kill.3

After each session, throw away the vacuum bags or their contents outside. Vacuuming at least once a week can help make your home less attractive to fleas.

Use a Good Flea Treatment for Your Home and Yard

Use a good flea treatment in your home to prevent fleas from returning. Adams Flea & Tick Home Spray can be applied to furniture, upholstery and carpet to kill fleas at different stages of their life cycle: eggs, larvae and adult fleas. Or try Adams Plus Flea and Tick Indoor Spray or Carpet Spray.

Once the infestation is under control, maintain a flea prevention regimen so your family can breathe easy all year long. You will find that your pets are much calmer and more relaxed when they are not bothered by flea bites and itchy skin.

1. Donovan, John. “Treatment and prevention of fleas in your pet.” Retrieved March 7, 2019, from WebMD, https://pets.webmd.com/fleas-prevent-treat#1.

2. Environmental Protection Agency. "Control fleas and ticks in the home." EPA.gov, https://www.epa.gov/pets/controlling-fleas-and-ticks-around-your-home.

3. Donovan, John, https://pets.webmd.com/fleas-prevent-treat#1.

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