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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 a flea problem before it becomes a total flea 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.

Does Vacuuming Get Rid of Fleas?

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.

Do Home Remedies for Fleas Work?

Home treatments for fleas are best left to experts. Treatments can be complicated and require more than one visit. Contact us and a highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will come to your home to assess the situation. They will develop a customized, scientifically proven, treatment plan that best fits your needs.

How to Prevent Fleas on Dogs

Your veterinarian can help determine which flea prevention treatment is best for your dog. To help make sure your yard is flea-free, call an Orkin Pro for a customized flea control program for your home and backyard.

You can get additional information on how to get rid of fleas on your dog with help from your local Orkin branch.

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