Most people who visit my website already have flea bites and want to know how to get rid of them. If you haven’t been bitten yet or if you just got rid of the bites, you have to make sure the fleas don’t get to you again. It’s always easier to prevent flea bites and avoid a massive flea infestation, which can often be quite time consuming to get rid of. The best way to do this is by taking precautions and treating the early signs of fleas as quickly as possible. This article will show you how to prevent flea bites on humans, dogs and cats by following a few simple guidelines.
Prevent flea bites on humans and pets
Fleas almost always get to you because your pets drag them into your home. When the fleas are inside, they start reproducing and before you know it, you have hundreds if not thousands of unwanted house guests that feed on your whole family. Because the fleas are so small, you won’t necessarily notice them before it’s too late. They also reproduce faster than you can kill them, so it can be really difficult to get rid of them once they have reached high numbers. Let’s not give them that advantage.
The first and most important thing you need to do to prevent flea bites is to keep the fleas from getting to your pets. There are many places where your pets can catch fleas, but they usually come from neighborhood dogs or cats, gardens and lawns. Keep your pets away from animals that have had fleas recently and make sure your lawn is always kept short by mowing it often. Some people also plant a few eucalyptus trees in the garden, which are known to be flea-repellent.
If your pets already have fleas
Then you should focus all your energy on getting rid of the fleas before they get to you or other members of your family. I have kept my dog flea-free for a couple of years now by using flea drops, a flea comb and regularly vacuuming the areas where he rests. If that don’t work for you, there are plenty of other alternatives. You can get some ideas in my complete list of flea products. The important thing here is to identify the problem quickly and prevent flea bites on yourself and your pets by containing and eliminating them fast.
How to get rid of a flea infestation in your home
If you fail to eliminate the fleas in time, they will literally take over your home and make your life a living hell. When your body starts itching, you know it’s too late. Luckily there are products that can be used indoors to exterminate the fleas. These products include flea spray with IGR, flea bombs (or foggers) and flea traps. The best solution depends on the individual situation. If you have a lot of fleas, then flea bombs are a great way to reduce their numbers quickly. You can stick to the spray and/or traps if the situation is somewhat controlled.
If you want to take a more natural approach, then the vacuum cleaner is your best friend. Vacuum daily and focus on carpets, furniture and other places where your pets often stay. You should get rid of the vacuum bag afterwards, so the fleas don’t return. You should start to see results after a few weeks, but some people struggle with severe flea infestations for months, so please be patient even though it’s very frustrating.
As a last resort, you can call a professional flea exterminator. They will get rid of the flea infestation as quick and painless as possible. This will let you get back to your normal life without the worries and irritation that follows with flea bites.
Flea repellent for humans
If you want to make yourself less attractable to fleas to prevent flea bites, you can use flea repellent on your body. Several home ingredients are known to have an effect and garlic is one of them. Fleas don’t like the taste of garlic and that’s why you should eat lots of it, especially if you have a flea infestation at home. This is one of the reasons why some people don’t get flea bites. What you put in your mouth really matters because the ingredients go straight to your bloodlines, and as you know, fleas feed on the blood of their host.
Other ingredients that can prevent fleas from biting you:
- Lavender oil
- Cedar wood oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Peppermint oil
That concludes my guide on how to prevent flea bites. Have you had success following these guidelines or do you know of other ways to keep the fleas at bay? Please share your thoughts in our forum. Thanks!
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