Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.
Now that you have completed the flea treatment, and your pet, home and yard are free from fleas, you will want to make sure you prevent another infestation. There are steps you can take to insure that you stay flea free.
Flea Prevention for Dogs, Cats, & Other Pets
Treat Pets Regularly For Fleas
Be sure your pet is protected from a flea infestation by putting them on a monthly flea treatment such as flea drops or sprays. There are many pet flea control products available on the market so be sure to read the label of the product you select as some sprays only last a few days. You should also use a flea comb to comb through your pet's fur to check for live fleas and flea dirt weekly.
If you take your dog to the dog park or walking in the woods, it would be a great plan to give them a quick combing with a flea comb to be sure they are not bringing back any fleas back home. You can also apply a repellent spray on your pet fur just prior to venturing out to keep fleas away.
You can prevent flea infestations indoors by vacuuming carpets, rugs and pet accessible furniture at least once a week to help remove any flea eggs or flea feces that may have been transferred into your home by pets or even on your feet. You should also frequently wash your pets bedding to help remove any flea eggs that may have been deposited.
Preventing fleas in your yard can be a bit more difficult because animals such as rabbits, raccoons and stray cats may wander on to your property and leave behind flea eggs. Regular yard maintenance will help deter these animals from your yard and will also make the areas less hospitable to fleas.
Keep yard debris such as leaf piles and grass clippings cleaned up
Trim back tree branches and bushes to allow sunlight to reach the soil
Do not overwater your lawn
Keep grass trimmed short
If your yard becomes infested most years you can preventatively start spraying the hot spot areas in the spring and continue once every 30-60 days through to the fall