Recently I panicked when I noticed my dog had flea dirt on his back and the next morning I woke up to see flea bites on my feet. I wondered just how bad of problem there was in my home and my head started filling with horror stories I’ve heard about flea infestation. Cooper immediately got a bath and I spent two days doing laundry. These steps helped me determine that the flea problem in my home was not an extreme case. Cooper does receive a monthly flea and tick medication, but in drought-stricken California, the flea problem has been out of control.
- Walk over the carpeted area in your home with white socks on and then check the bottom to see if you stepped on any fleas.
- Place a candle in a bowl of water, light it and leave it out overnight. Fleas are active at night and will be attracted to the heat. Not only will the water kill the fleas, but you’ll be able to see just where the problem areas may be in your home.
- Diatomaceous Earth Food is a great natural way to deter fleas and ticks in dogs and cats. Not only is it safe for your pets to eat, but it can also be sprinkled on carpet and bedding then a few days later you vacuum and wash infested areas.
If you find that your home is infested you can still use Diatomaceous Earth, but will also need to purchase flea bombs or call a local pest control company.