Fleas and ticks are a menace, let’s be real. They can invade your dog, your cat, your yard, your home, and even YOU. How do you get rid of fleas and ticks? Follow this easy step-by-step guide!
Step 1: Take immediate action
Flea and tick shampoos and flea combs are the best next steps if your pet has a flea infestation. We recommend the Kind + Kind Flea & Tick Dog & Cat Shampoo because it uses vet-approved and clean ingredients like essential oils and plants. Elanco Advantage Flea & Tick Shampoo is for dogs only and kills fleas and ticks on contact. To use the shampoo, gently massage it into your pet’s coat from head to tail, making sure you also reach their skin. Let the shampoo sit for two minutes, then rinse.
Once your pet is dry, use a flea comb so you can inspect your pet more thoroughly and ensure all fleas have been killed and removed . Common areas for fleas to hide are usually the warm and protected areas like under their arms, belly, or groin area.
Step 2: Prevention is key
Topical prevention is the most common form of flea prevention. PetLock, K9 Advantix II, and Advantage II products are some tried and true topicals for flea prevention. They use an ingredient that employs the natural oils on your pet’s skin and coat to spread the active ingredients. This way, the topical cover’s your pet’s entire body. Apply these products to a small area on the back of the pet’s neck once a month. You apply it to the back of the neck so your pet can’t reach the topical and mess with it before it has a chance to spread.
Flea collars are another great option! The Seresto collar is effective for up to 8 months and uses the same ingredient as topicals to spread across the cat or dog’s entire body. So if you are someone that can’t remember to apply the topical monthly, then maybe the collar is the best option for you and your pet!
Step 3: Home and yard maintenance
Flea sprays are great if you have an infestation of fleas in your home. Douse your pet’s beds, blankets, couches, pillows, etc. to get rid of any fleas in your home. Wondercide has a great all-natural flea spray that will stay effective for one month and is safe even to use on yourself! Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray is made in the USA from human food-grade ingredients and is safe for children. To prevent pests, you will need to apply every 2 – 3 days by rubbing your dog’s coat in the opposite direction of growth, spray, and rub in. If your dog enjoys swimming, you will need to reapply after your dog’s coat is dry. They also smell great. Or Advantage Flea and Tick Sprays aren’t as natural, but they will be effective for about 24-48 hours. Be adamant about vacuuming and washing your dog’s bedding and toys for multiple weeks to make sure flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are being eliminated too.
Yard sprays are an essential part of flea prevention that is not as commonly talked about. If you do all the above steps, and your pet still has fleas or acquires fleas again quickly, then you may want to treat your yard with a flea and tick yard spray. Wondercide Yard Flea & Tick is an all natural solution that uses essential oils like cedar oil to kill on contact and repel fleas and ticks. The spray will cover up 4,000 square feet using no artificial colors, fragrances or synthetic pesticides.