I found a flea on my dog.
Question: I found one flea on my dog last night. I know that the odds of there being just one are slim to none. Since it is winter time, what is my best bet to control the problem before it becomes a total infestation?
ANSWER: You need to treat your dog and any other animals at the same time.
There are effective on-animal flea control products that can be purchased from your veterinarian or obtained over the counter at many pet stores. Follow the instructions on the labels of these products. Also, wash or discard any pet bedding you may have.
In your house, vacuum the carpet to remove some of the flea eggs and larvae. This will also remove the organic materials that the larvae eat. The vibration of the vacuum will cause the adult fleas to come out of their cocoons while the carpet treatment is fresh and effective. Do not leave the bag in your vacuum cleaner, get rid of it outside of your home.
Home treatments are best left to experts. Treatments can be complicated and require more than one visit. Call your local Orkin Branch Office and a highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will come to your home to assess the situation. The Pest Specialist will develop a customized, scientifically proven, treatment plan that best fits your needs.
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