There you are, petting your dear little furry friend when it happens. You spot a little black vermin crawling amongst the fur. In an instant, you know you have fleas.
These pests can go from one to hundreds rapidly if left to their own devices, leaving pets suffering and pet owners feeling helpless. In many areas, even prescription flea products won’t do the trick as fleas are slowly breeding immunity towards the harsh chemicals.
There are several tips floating around about how to rid your home of these pesky creatures but a lot of the techniques take time and energy that many of us just don’t have. So how do we go from helpless and hopeless to conquerors of our own home?
With this one simple technique, less than five minutes a day is all it will take to have a flea-free house.
What you will need:
- A flea comb
- Liquid dish soap (any type will do)
- Paper towel
- A willing pet
Fill a bowl with water and add a small squirt of liquid dish soap. Sit with your pet and run the flea comb through its fur. After each brush through, rinse the comb off in the soap. If necessary use your fingers to pull any fleas off the comb, making sure the fleas are fully submerged in the soapy water. Dry the comb with a paper towel and run it through your pet’s fur again. Repeat this process for about five minutes or until you cannot find any more adult fleas.
You will need to comb your pet daily for at least three months in order for this method to work. It may sound overwhelming at first, but on top of being productive, it can become a wonderful bonding time for you and your pet.
By simply destroying the adult fleas daily, they will be unable to lay more eggs, leaving your home flea free. If you want to increase the effectiveness of this routine, you can also vacuum your carpet daily or every other day to limit the number of eggs in your home.
After three months, you can slow on daily flea combing as the flea eggs will have hatched and the adult fleas won’t have lived long enough to reproduce anymore. At this time, be sure to keep a watchful eye for a couple of weeks just to make sure your pet is 100% flea free. If you see no signs of itching or flea dander, then you can take pride in knowing you brought comfort and relief to your pet without spending a ton of money or dousing your pet with harsh chemicals.
- Fleas love to hang out at the base of the tail and under the belly. Be sure to comb these areas thoroughly.
- Do not use only water to submerge the fleas as they can jump free without the sticky residue of the dish soap.
- Some people recommend regularly spraying your pet’s fur with white or apple cider vinegar to prevent more fleas from hopping onto your pet. Be sure to avoid their face when using this method.