There are many areas around your home that will benefit from preparing for the flea season.  Besides preparing your dog for the flea season, with flea meds, it’s also important to prepare the inside and the outside of your home for the flea season.

Treating the Inside of Your Home

You can start with the inside of your home by treating the carpet areas with a flea spray. Keep in mind that the flea treatment spray does contain pesticides.  The most important thing to remember if you treat your carpet is to make sure that people, and all your pets are kept out of the house for at least 2 hours or more.  If you decide to treat your carpet with a flea treatment spray, do not vacuum for 2 weeks.  The reason is because the spray is residual and continues to work on the fleas as they hatch.  Unfortunately, the spray does not stop the flea eggs from hatching due to their hard egg casing.  After the spray is dry, it is no longer harmful to people or your pets – You can re-enter your home after airing it out for about 2 or more hours.

In addition, vacuuming your home from top to bottom and making sure to take out the vacuum bag by placing it in the outside garbage will help eliminate the flea larvae and eggs from the inside of your home.  After you’ve vacuumed the house from top to bottom, it’s recommended to vacuum on a weekly basis. This will break the flea cycle in your carpet, but it only takes one flea from your dog to start an infestation all over again.

Treating the Outside of Your Home

Outdoors is another area that will benefit from preparation and treatment for fleas.  Gravel and sand are extremely suitable for flea development.  One of the things you can do to help reduce fleas, on the outside of your home is to keep your lawn mowed weekly.  It turns out the heat from the sun will kill the flea larvae but the grass has to be short for this process to work.  You can also drown flea larvae when you water the grass.

The life cycle of a flea is as follows: eggs, larva, pupa and adult flea.
•    A female flea lays about 15 to 20 eggs per day.
•    Eggs that are loosely laid will drop out where your pet rests, nests or sleeps (kennels, sand boxes, boxes, pet beds, rugs, carpets and furniture).
•    The egg will hatch in 2 days or up to 2 weeks into larvae.
•    You can find the larvae in crevices, cracks, floors, rug edges, baseboards, beds, and furniture.
•    Pupa matures in a silken cocoon woven by the larva on animals or other surfaces. The adult flea will emerge in about 5 to 14 days.

Once you have treated the inside and outside areas of your home, then you have taken step one of  the flea prevention program.  Make sure to continue the flea prevention program you already have in place for your dog(s).  If you only treat your dog for fleas, and not the inside and outside of your home as well, it is very possible that your dog will pick up fleas from the outside areas of home and the flea infestation will start all over again. It’s important to maintain a flea preventative treatment routine.  Good luck!

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