Spring is in the air! Which means fleas may be on the prowl in your home and on your pets.

Sudden, constant scratching  is a good indicator that your pet has some unwelcomed guests lurking in their fur and biting at their body! Fleas are most easily detected on your pet’s belly or at the base of a tail. Once you have found the fleas, take these steps to clear them out of your home and off of your pet:

  • Wash all household bedding in hot, soapy water.
  • Use a flea shampoo to kill fleas on contact
  • After bathing use a flea comb to remove any remaining eggs.
  • You may also wish to use a flea bomb to penetrate your entire home. This will eliminate fleas and their eggs from your carpeting, curtains, and upholstery. This needs to be done on a day when no one (including your pets!) will be at home.

FLEAS:

  • Are parasitic insects that live in the fur and hair of mammals and feed exclusively on their blood.
  • Can carry infectious bacteria.
  • Can live up to 100 days without a meal.
  • Can bite up to 400 times per day.
  • Can produce 1000 more fleas within 21 days.