Guest Post by Fabian M
There’s nothing worse than lying on the couch, scratching your dogs head when you feel something tickling the hair on your arm and that’s when you see it. That little black spot on your arm you realize is a flea. Realizing your dog has fleas can often put you into a panic that makes you want to throw every fabric surface in the house, from the sofa to the pillow dog beds, outside and douse it with bleach, but don’t worry. Recovering from a flea infestation is a simple, but painstaking process.
First of all, you will want to check your fabric surfaces especially if it’s somewhere your dog has access too. If you don’t know when your dog got the fleas, it becomes more difficult to track where the fleas may have spread to. If your dog sleeps on pillow dog beds or other fabric dog beds, move them into the washing machine right away to prevent the spread of fleas. Check everything from couches to pillows to your carpeting in any room that has it, making a list of areas that fleas are spotted. Any thing with cloth or fabric that can be washed should be put in with the dog beds right away and washed with detergent and hot water.
For furniture and carpeting, vacuum them right away and make sure the bag or canister is emptied either outside or into a bag that or trash bin that can be closed. For more intense infestations, you may want to use a flea killing powder or a ‘flea bomb’ to kill the pests. However do take a look at the other articles on the site to find out about the dangers of chemical flea treatments, and for some natural flea treatment options. Once it’s over, stay vigilant. Just because you don’t see fleas doesn’t mean they cannot come back. Just make sure to keep checking until you are sure they are all gone.