How did fleas get into my house

I have volunteered with a cat rescue group for five years and I can safely say an effective way I have gotten rid of fleas was boiling fresh lavender buds in water let it steep overnight and bathing cats, afterward we also will use dawn dish soap to smother the fleas, johnson and johnson baby shampoo can help especially tear free. Planting lavender in your yard or kept potted can also deter them as well as spraying furniture and bedding with the distilled water lavender buds. For anyone who has a cat with high anxiety your best bet is to ask a vet if they can reccomend something to help relieve stress and anxiety , for anyone who would like over the counter check out Bachs Rescue Remedy it helps alot with my dog and cats it is also holistic and a liquid that can be added to your pets water with a dropper. For a house infestation your better off getting rid of possessions , have your pets taken out of the house and bathed in something like a garage or a groomers, then having a exterimator come spray your home with pet safe solutions. The biggest thing to remember are ways your cat or dog can get fleas, either from going outside which with wild animals around they are constant flea carriers and can be transferred anywhere the flea goes, other pets walked in your area can transfer fleas to the grass length doesnt matter but they can be transferred that way. If an animal has fleas the eggs and larvae can be transferred through their feces. Also People can transfer them from simple day to day life going outside and any public transportation, or being around friends or family who dont know they have fleas. The most important rule I live by checking pets and fosters constantly with a flea comb if you see 1 flea bathe your cat or dog immediately, once the flea tries to come off the fur grab it and pinch it onto clear tape, or use a flea comb and once said flea is caught dip the comb in a bowl of bleach to kill it wipe it off wash the comb and continue inspecting your pets. Some key areas a flea will hide is the fur around the face, front and hind quarter arm pits, the genitalia and anus. If you have a long haired pet shaving their fur will help alot with not only finding fleas but it will allow constant monitoring while treating them.

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Remember, quite a far distance, if you do find a flea on your skin it’s probably jumped there while you were stroking your pet. I have also found that fleas can come from your neighbors’, especially if they live fairly near to your living space. Unfortunately, you do not control their lifestyle, but you can use preventative measures to keep the fleas from their house and garden from infecting yours by using a combination of eucalyptus and cedar wood. More on that in this article about .

Most people only encounter fleas in their homes if they have pets

Fleas can continue to develop inside a vacuum cleaner bag and can reinfest the house. When cats or kittens come in contact with flea infested environment, they get attacked by fleas. Generally, the flea infested areas are backyards, inside house, or park. Most of the cats catch flea through other pets that already have fleas.

They could be dogs or cats, it doesn't matter

To kill fleas with baking soda, you must treat the carpets, bedding as well as the furniture in the household. Failure to do this will render all other flea control products (particularly those used on the pets) ineffective, as the fleas will simply continue to multiply on these breeding grounds.

Ridding Your Home of Fleas | Entomology