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Getting Rid of Fleas Inside?

My dog is just getting over having fleas, but he's chewing his tail. Does that mean he still may have some? I've checked him and they are gone and he's been treated by the vet already. Do I still have to treat my house and everything he's been sitting on?

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

It is important to treat your home for fleas and the eggs left behind.

Step 1
You will need to dust, sweep, mop, and vacuum all places the dog lays on or has sat on. Eggs are laid on the pet and drop off the pet around your home.

Step 2
I would use dish soap to kill the flea eggs. You will need to create a flea trap with the dish soap. This is simple to make and very effective. Place a plate or bowl of warm water and dish soap around your home or the place that you find the most fleas.

Step 3
Make your own herbal flea spray for your dog and treating your home. Mix 4 liters of vinegar, 2 liters of water, 500 ml of lemon juice and 250 ml of witch hazel in a large pray bottle. You can use this on your animal and spray around your home to kill fleas and the eggs that are hatching.

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Step 4
Vacuuming is the most effective flea control for your home. Before vacuuming lay down baking soda around your home Use a hard brush to brush this into the dog bed, rugs, and furniture. Afterwards, vacuum your home. Once you are done vacuuming you will need to remove the bag and throw it away.

Step 5
Sprinkle salt all around your home and leave it for 2 days. Afterwards, vacuum the home and throw the content of the cleaner in the trash can outside.

Step 6
Citrus spray is an excellent way to get rid of fleas. Slice a lemon thinly and add it to a pint of water. Boil the water with the citrus slices. Afterwards, turn off the stove and let the mixture sit overnight. Add this to a spray bottle and spray your home.

Step 7
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth over the areas in your home that you have fleas. Leave this in the areas for 2 days. Afterwards, vacuum and dispose of the contents in the garbage can outside your home.

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Step 8
Natural flea power can also be made at home. Grind rosemary, rue, wormwood, fennel and peppermint. Place this in a pestel and morta and grind it to a fine powder. Sprinkle this around your home.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Step 1
Wash lived-in areas and items.

Step 2
Spray an insect growth regulator (IGR) like methoprene or pyriproxyfen.

Step 3
Vacuum everything!

Step 4
Use botanical dust mixed with Borate acid on your floors.

Step 5
Fill shallow bowls of water with dish detergent.

Step 6
Place the water and detergent mixture in a very shallow bowl, low enough to the ground so that the fleas accidentally hop into it. An old flying disk or low-walled bowl does the job quite well.

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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

We had our dog take a pill for fleas. It kills the big fleas then the eggs for up to 3 months.

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So we did not have to do the house. Your dog will scratch, be patient.

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September 19, 20170 found this helpful

if your dog was treated for fleas then most likely he is scratching where fleas attacked him before.

  • He may have created a "hot spot" in that area from time spent chewing before flea treatment.
  • Try some of these solutions that may help him stop or break the cycle of chewing.
  • Gently wash the area with a mild shampoo (baby shampoo is good) and rinse with warm water. This can be done several times in a week.
  • Cleanse the area using witch hazel on a cotton ball, daily.
  • Add a thin coating of Neosporin on the spot, daily.
  • Give a little bit of liquid Benadryl mixed in with some wet dog food a couple times a day for 2 days.
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  • Coconut oil has antifungal properties and can be useful both topically and internally.
  • Some people use Tea Tree Oil but I hesitate to use this because it can be harmful if the dog licks it and they can really twist when they have an itch.

Probably a good normal cleaning, especially his bedding, and vacuum will be all the house cleaning necessary.

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