If you have pets with fur, there’s always a chance that you could acquire a flea problem. As Houston pest control professionals, we have seen it all when it comes to fleas – including multiple-animal homes where the flea problem just seems insurmountable. Fortunately, we have solutions for families experiencing this, including flea treatments that are safe for dogs and cats that have reactions to traditional, drugstore flea treatments. But how can you stop a flea problem before it starts in the first place? Here are some tips that work well for many pet owners.
Don’t go where the fleas are. If someone you know has a flea problem in their home, do your best to avoid going there. Their fleas could easily come home on you, and then jump onto your pet when you walk in the door. Fleas like people, too, so protect your legs and feet (the preferred human body parts for fleas) if you are obligated to go to a flea-ridden home.
Stick to the good stuff. If you see a flea on your dog or cat, ask your vet about topicals, tablets and injectables that nip the problem in the bud. The drugstore flea products are not always safe, and they are far less effective than what the vet can give you. If you use a drugstore flea product, you will likely need to call us for a professional flea treatment later because the product you used didn’t work well – and as we said, it could also make your pet sick. You are much better off spending a few more dollars on a vet-approved treatment.
Keep your pet clean. Just as we become susceptible to skin problems if we don’t bathe, pets do as well. Take your pet to the groomer regularly to help ward off fleas, and limit the amount of time your dog or cat spends outside in the summer months, when the flea population is at its highest.
If you have a flea problem that seems impossible to defeat, it’s time to get a professional to eliminate it. The Houston pest control team at Bugco will be glad to help; contact us today to request an evaluation.