When you have fleas, you may be stressed out about dealing with your pets, paying exterminators for flea treatments and looking for treatments that are not too expensive. You may be wondering what are home flea remedies and do they work. The truth is that some of the home flea remedies do work, but they are not as effective as a professional treatment. They may take longer and require retreatment in a few weeks.
Types of Home Treatments
Each of these treatments work slightly differently from each other. Both the baking soda and diatomaceous earth require you to apply them to the carpet and leave the items in your carpet before you vacuum it up. This can be messy and if you have small children or pets, you may worry about them irritating your skin. The homemade flea traps require you to put dish soap in cups of water that you set out around your carpet. The fleas jump into them and they cannot get out. They will die in the traps.
All three of these methods are fairly effective at dealing with adult fleas. However, they will not kill the eggs that are in your carpet. While vacuuming can help pick up the eggs (which fall off your pet when they are laid), but if you miss even two or three, you can end up with another flea infestation in just a few weeks.
Each of the home treatments require you to be diligent in vacuuming and cleaning your house from top to bottom each day to completely eliminate the fleas that are around your home. If you are looking for a quicker, more effective solution, you may want to call a professional to help treat your home. A professional will inspect your home, identify problems areas and apply treatment to stop the fleas in their tracks. You will still need to vacuum to help but the process will not need to be repeated multiple times.
Additionally, you need to treat your pet for fleas. A medicated flea bath can take care of the fleas that are currently on your dog, but adding a preventive flea medication will also help stop a future flea infestation. The oral medication and the flea drops will stop any fleas from biting your dog. A flea collar can also help. If you have questions about the best option for your pet, you should talk to your vet.