Fleas are the most common of all parasites in dogs and cats. Your pet has the likelihood of suffering from a flea infestation in its lifetime one way or another. It is really a nuisance to have fleas on your pets, on the areas where your pet stays and even on you as a pet owner.
Fleas are wingless parasites that inhabit animals and even humans. They feed on the blood of the host and within hours would reproduce and lay eggs after ingesting its host’s blood. Eggs would usually be found in the fur or the skin of its host but most often it falls off and would end up in the carpet or near the host’s area. Fleas reproduce really fast that in a matter of two weeks in their life cycles they can multiply to 10 times their original population. So it is best to diagnose as early as possible if there is flea infestation.
As we all know, fleas bite into the host’s skin and ingest the blood from it. It causes insect bite marks that are red and very itchy. This is because of the reaction of the skin to the saliva of the flea. The saliva of a flea have chemicals that stops the blood from clotting as soon as it is finished eating and this may cause some allergic reactions in both you and your pet. You may see your pet excessively biting or scratching its fur or you might see your skin is full of red insect marks, which may be a sign of flea infestation.
What problems can flea infestation brings?
Flea infestation may not only cause skin problems but also certain complications if not treated. Too much fleas may cause severe dermatitis or rashes. This may be very irritating, itchy and sometimes very painful.
Ingestion of flea eggs may lead to the development of tapeworms in the gut. Tapeworms often times do not cause any serious damage but in rare moments they grow to enormous proportion that may have serious effects on bodily functions. As the result, your pet will be suffered by both the flea and the tapeworm.
In addition flea bite anemia may be caused because of too much fleas. Remember that fleas feed on the blood of its host, so too much blood being sucked out from the host can lead to anemia and may eventually be fatal to the host. It is always best to have control of fleas before they get out of hand.
How To Get Rid Of Flea Infestation Properly
Treatment of fleas may vary depending on your approach. In times of flea infestation, topical treatments may be used. Most of the time topical creams and oils are being utilized because of easy usage but it may be wasted if there is a bathing regimen that is also used. Oral medications can become an option to avoid wasting of topical treatments due to bathing. Another method of flea control is the use of diatomaceous earth that is proved to be very safe and very effective. You can also make use of flea traps to monitor the progress of the treatment and also as a flea control measure.
To summary, here are some flea infestation home remedies for you:
- Diatomaceous earth: Very effective, cheap and easy to buy. However, you MUST buy the Food grade one, don’t buy those for swimming pool because they can harm your lungs.
- Garlic: If you add a small amount of cooked garlic every day to your pet, it can promote your pet’s immune system and keep the fleas away from them.
- Natural shampoos: Wash your dog carefully with natural shampoos which can kill the fleas.
In treating flea infestation, always remember to be consistent and not be complacent. Treating the area where your pet stays is also very important as it may be a breeding ground for fleas. You can vacuum everyday to keep the area clean and wipe out the remaining eggs, pupae and larvae. Remember not stop treatment and management of fleas until all is gone. Keep up with the process and you will get a clean house without any flea infestation.