4 steps to control a flea infestation in your home

January 14, 2016 Category: Parasite education

Oh, no! You found fleas on your dog, and now those pests are all over your house. What do you do? First, stay calm. Then, follow these four easy steps to control a flea infestation.

1) Talk to your veterinarian

Your veterinarian is your best source of information about flea control for your dog. So make sure to talk about how to kill fleas on your dog.

2) Treat your dog

Your veterinarian will probably recommend treating your dog with a product such as Trifexis® (spinosad + milbemycin oxime), which kills fleas quickly. It may take up to 3 months to reduce the infestation in your home, so it’s important to keep treating your dog during this time period.

3) Prevent future flea infestations

Your best line of defense against a future flea infestation is protecting your dog year-round with a product such as Trifexis that kills fleas before they can lay eggs. And to make sure you keep the fleas gone, it’s also very important to protect any other pets in and around your home with an appropriate flea control medicine, too.1

4) Eliminate flea infestations in your home

Here are a few tips for controlling fleas in your home before or during an infestation:

  • Steam clean (not shampoo) carpets and upholstery to kill pre-adult flea stages.
  • Vacuum frequently.
  • Launder bedding, blankets, pillows and throws.
  • Use premise sprays, foggers, bombs or aerosols. Be sure to keep pets away from all harmful chemicals during this process as well as read and follow labeled directions.
  • If the flea infestation is severe, consult with an exterminator.