Realizing your pet has fleas is a skin crawling subject, it’ll leave you feeling itchy and panicky just thinking about them – especially if you are unsure of what treatments work best to get rid of them. Most products you can buy in stores only offer temporary solutions and with fleas being so hard to get rid of, you need something that will get rid of them for good.

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Fleas are so persistent which is why they are so hard to get rid of, just as you think you’ve killed the last of them, they pop up again. Getting rid of fleas for good requires you to treat your pet at all stages of their life, however most people tend to forget the most important thing when fleaing; treating your home!

It’s an easy thing to forget to do but when your pet has fleas, even if you successfully treat them there will still be eggs and larvae embedded in the carpet which will hatch and you’ll spot them on your pet, making it become a vicious cycle.

It’s important you successfully treat your pet and the environment because not only is it irritating with fleas crawling around, but some pets are known to develop allergies to them. Some puppies and small breeds of animals often develop severe health issues, the most common being anemia due to the blood loss from severe infestations.

Here are three types of flea treatments all pet owners should know about to ensure you treat your pets and home successfully:

  1. Flea Sprays

Just like spray insecticide for outside use, flea sprays can be used to kill fleas, ticks, and mites by repelling them. The great thing about spray treatments is that they can be used directly on your pets as well as on surfaces so when needing to treat your home, this is the best option.

The spray will provide instant relief to an itchy pet as well as rid your rugs and carpets of eggs, larvae, and adult fleas. Whilst some sprays can be used as a flea bath for your whole home, some are strictly for your pet only or household only so make sure when buying one you invest in one for all your needs.

Staykil Household flea spray is a bestseller amongst flea treatments and has a 99% feefo rating on Pet Drugs Online. It prevents fleas, eggs and larvae from developing and just one treatment will give you protection from up to 12 months.

  1. Collars

Flea and tick collars have two basic functions. One repels pests by emitting gas and the other has medication within that seeps into the fat layer of the pet’s skin or active ingredients spread using the pets natural skin oils. Most collars are a great option for pets whom are not already suffering from an infestation of pests.

They are great in preventing an infestation but you wouldn’t be able to cure one solely with a collar. Collars seem to be most effective in combating ticks rather than fleas though as collars rest on the pet’s neck. This makes the insecticide most effective in the neck and face area which is where the ticks tend to gravitate towards.

A great tip for flea collars is if you are recovering from a home infestation, place the flea and tick collar inside your vacuum bag. This means that when you vacuum any lingering bugs or eggs on your carpets or furniture, the collar inside the bag will kill them dead!

  1. Home Remedies

Fortunately, there are many home remedies you can find online that you can use on your pets to treat fleas. Some may not be effective or work at all, but they are worth trying especially if you’d rather keep it budget friendly and not invest in many flea products from companies.

Here are two of the most effective and easy home remedies to treat your pet:

  1. Dish Soap

This home remedy involves you creating a flea trap using dish soap and water. All you should do is fill a bowl with a mixture of the two and place one in each of the rooms in your home with the most flea activity. This solution will act as a glue and trap the fleas due to the solutions high viscosity. A fresh batch should be made each day. For it to work most effectively, conduct the remedy at night as fleas are nocturnal.

  1. Lemon Spray

Lemon is a great natural home remedy for fleas, you must use the lemon to create a citrus spray to use on infected furniture. To make this, slice a lemon thinly and add a pint of water and boil it. Let the solution sit overnight and then pour it into a spray bottle in the morning. Take the spray and use it on the infested areas of your home- like the sofas, bedding, and chairs. Only dampen them, never completely soak them.

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