Fleas are insects that have been with us for a very, very long time. They are brownish-black, wingless, and 1/12 to 1/6-inch long. They feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body, including dogs, cats, and us. Their bites leave nasty sores. Some people have allergic reactions to flea bites, and develop rashes.
How to Control Fleas
Fleas have been plaguing us - sometimes literally - for most of history. Several species attack dogs, cats, and humans, leaving nasty bites and worse. Their eggs and larvae can hide out in bedding, clothes, and tiny cracks in the house. Here's how to take care of them.
Prepare for Battle on Many Fronts
You need to attack fleas in all areas of the house at the same time. Otherwise, eggs will hatch, larvae will mature, and fleas will jump back into your life before you know it.
Start with the Soft Stuff
Shampoo your infected pets with a veterinarian recommended flea shampoo. Vacuum the carpeting and furniture to remove eggs or larvae, then seal up the vacuum bag in a plastic garbage bag and dispose of it. Wash your linens, clothes and pets' bedding in hot, soapy water. Then run down to the pet store and ask about the best flea repellent treatments or devices for your animals.
Then Switch to the Hard Stuff
Flea eggs can be stashed away behind baseboards, in window casements, and around door frames. Treat these areas with Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter¹. You can also treat pet bedding with Ortho® Home Defense® Dual-Action Bed Bug Killer. Since fleas come in from outside, treat your yard with Ortho® Bug-B-Gon® Insect Killer For Lawns.