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Why You Should Avoid DIY Flea Treatments

June 14, 2017

If you have ever tried to get rid of a flea infestation, then you know how hard it can be. These maddening little ankle-biting, hard-to-crush, vanishing-in-the-blink-of-an-eye creatures can drive even the sanest person mad. Fleas can jump 100 times their own height, accelerate at super speeds, and get into everything: rugs, bedding, clothing, furniture, plants, and more. While do-it-yourself flea removal strategies may have some good results, in the long run, these resilient pests often just keep coming back time after time.

Flea Treatment Options

  • Flea collars on your pets: While some flea collars are better than others, and some will keep an animal flea-free for a time, these typically help very little once a flea infestation has taken hold.

  • Flea medication on your pets: While some of the flea medications that are applied to the back of a pet's neck work wonders for preventing fleas, or getting rid of fleas on the animal, they do nothing to get rid of fleas in a home.

  • Flea shampoos, or flea powders on your pets or sprinkled on pet bedding: Just like collars, these can be helpful for prevention, but once those fleas have moved into your home and begun to multiply like crazy, shampoos or powders won't take care of the whole problem.

  • Flea sprays: Again, this may do great on areas where the fleas are currently hanging out, but fleas tend to hide in all sorts of places. Some people spend a lot of money, and a lot of time, spraying for fleas, only to have them come back and torment them again and again.

  • Flea bombs (also called flea foggers): These have a pretty high success rate at killing fleas, but may need to be repeated a few times for total eradication. But the ingredients in these products can be dangerous to people or pets, since they leave a chemical residue inside your home. Not to mention the fact that they do nothing to remove fleas from pets.

  • Dish detergent, garlic, alcohol, cedar oil, kerosene: These are all substances that have been used in the past, on pets, to rid them of a flea infestation. At best, they are not usually completely effective and, at worst, some can be dangerous or even deadly.

If you are at your wits end with itchy flea bites, and nothing you do seems to be working, or if you'd prefer to avoid this nightmare in the first place, it is time to consider ongoing pest control from an industry-leading pest control company like Nozzle Nolen. Not only will we fix your flea problem, we can make sure your home is rodent-free as well. Pets aren't the only furry creatures that can bring fleas into your house. Get rid of all those pests with a little help from Nozzle Nolen.


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