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How to Get Rid of Fleas and Ticks on Pets



An outbreak of fleas or ticks can be a traumatic experience for both you and your pet, but it can happen to anyone. You may have missed a flea and tick treatment or had a visiting animal in your home. Whatever the cause, you will have to ensure that your pet and your home are thoroughly cleaned to remove the fleas, ticks, larva and eggs that may remain in a number of areas of your home. ‘’

Understanding the Flea Life Cycle
Fleas are very small, mobile insects that you may find hopping around on your carpet or furniture. You are most likely to find the adult fleas, which will be living on your pet’s fur. The animal must be treated with anti-flea and tick shampoo and should be groomed with a fine-toothed flea comb to remove the insects from its fur. The adult fleas will lay eggs on the animal, which will fall into the carpet or crevices in wood floors. The eggs will develop into larva, which will remain on surfaces. After 2 to 4 weeks, these will then become adult fleas, which will lay more eggs, continuing the life cycle. Because the life cycle runs over an extended period of time, your home will need a number of treatments before it is completely free of flea and ticks. 

Tick Life Cycle
Ticks also have a life cycle of egg-laying adult, seed tick and nymph. All three phases of the life cycle can feed on the blood of hosts. Ticks can transmit a number of diseases to animals and humans, so it is important to completely remove these pests from your home. You may find ticks attached to your pet's skin, which should be removed carefully, ensuring that all mouthparts are removed, to prevent infection. 

Living Room
If you have wall-to-wall carpeting in your living room, it is one of the most likely places to find fleas, tick and their larva. Immature insects will hide in the fibers of the carpet, waiting to attach to any living creature that approaches. Pest control experts recommend frequently vacuuming to remove these creatures. You must remove the vacuum cleaner bags immediately to the outside trash to avoid re-infestation of the home. A thorough carpet cleaning will help to remove dead insects, dried blood and insect feces from the carpeting to restore your home to a clean state. 

Bedrooms
If your pets spend time under the beds of family members, you could have a flea or tick infestation that will require moving the bed and carefully vacuuming the area repeatedly. Treating the area with an insecticide suitable for fleas and ticks will help to remove any remaining insects. Wash all bedding with hot water frequently for several weeks after the outbreak to ensure that no adults, eggs or nymphs remain behind. If your pet has a bed in your bedroom, it should be washed frequently over several weeks to ensure that all stages of the insect’s life cycle are removed. 

Closets
Another place that will need thorough vacuuming and treatment with pesticide is your closets. Pets often find a closet a comfy place for an afternoon nap, and this habit can leave you with fleas or ticks on your or your family’s clothing. Give all items in the closet a thorough inspection, including inside shoeboxes or other containers. Remove clothing and wash, if possible. Pay particular attention to fleece fabric, which can be a good home for fleas. Vacuum flooring, corners and everything left in the closet. Spray thoroughly with insecticide. You will have to do this for several weeks after you notice fleas or ticks in your home to ensure that you haven’t missed any eggs that have hatched into adults. 

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