You need to prevent flea infestations, because, the alternative is months of hard work and washing, drying, and vacuuming your house, where your pets sleep, and even where you sleep, if you allow your pets in your bed.
If you do see just ONE flea, you do have an infestation, and you could have the cleanest house in the world, and STILL have an infestation !!!!
HOW TO TREAT AN INFESTATION
Before you do anything, please be sure to treat your pet first !! Next, be sure to run your vacuum all over the house - especially over carpeting and furniture - this will encourage the pupa and larvae to hatch - the vibration from the motor of the vacuum will do this - once done, be sure to double bag your vacuum cleaner bag and take it right out to the trash ASAP !! If you have a bag less, spray dome of the Knockout into the collection canister, after you have followed the same steep for the vacuum cleaner with a bag.
Treat your pet as directed by the staff with a topical product that our staff approves of - this will assure you have a quality and safe product for your pets. We recommend: Seresto Collar, or Cheristin (For use on cats only), Bravecto (12 week chewable pill). and Credelio (monthly chewable pill). Advantage, Advantage Multi, Advantix, and Advantix II, and Revolution are also good products, but we no longer carry them).
We also carry Capstar which is a pill that can be used for dogs or cats, and it will start to kill the fleas in 30 minutes, If you don't want to give your cat these pills, Cheristin will do the same thing, with a complete kill of all the live fleas in 12 hours.
Take up all the bedding where the pet sleeps, and your bedding if your pet shares your bed too. Wash them all with hot water and dry on high, You can then put the clean bedding into a plastic bag and tie that shut and put that bag upside down into another plastic bag and tie that shut. The fleas may gravitate to the heat from the dryer to lay her eggs,
Remove the pet(s) and humans from the area to be treated, and use the Knockout spray (which we carry) according to the directions on the can,
How do you know the area is safe to return to? Place a dry paper towel on the areas you sprayed, and if you see any wet where your hand was, it's not dry enough to go go back in. If you cannot remove the pets or humans, try to put them into a separate room. in which you've already treated, and roll a bath towel and place it at the bottom of the door to keep any fumes in or out of the room.
You may need to rerun the vacuum all over and again and follow the instructions above again for the bedding and spraying and vacuuming. (You'll need to do this for about 1-2 months to be sure all the eggs, pupa, and larvae are gone.
Be aware that the infestation will become much worse 3 weeks into the treatment !! This is normal you will need to rreat the pets for a minimum of at least three months, but a year round preventative program will benefit you and your pet, as this will help to prevent future infestations from happening.
DID YOU KNOW ???
Fleas can come in on your clothing, the dog, or the cat?
Fleas can come into your house thru screens in your door or windows or that teeny crack under the door?
If you have mice or rats or squirrels in your basement, attic, or in the walls, they can carry fleas into your home !!
If a dog or cat has too many fleas taking a blood meal (only the females will do so), your pet could die from anemia !!!!
Treating your outdoor areas ? We recommend "Bayer Complete Insect Killer" - containing "cyfluthrin". This is the only product that will kill fleas and ticks outside,
NOTE: If you do spray outdoors, only spray under bushes, porches, decks, and anywhere "Critters" may hide. They can leave fleas and ticks in these hiding or nesting spots. Do not spray your whole yard, this is just a waste of spray and will not help kill the insects you are out to kill !!!!