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Quiz: Are You Making Flea Mistakes?

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Which will not help control fleas in your home?

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Which will not help control fleas in your home?

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Fleas enter your home from outside. Leaving your pets in the yard is like putting out the welcome mat for pests, who can ride in on them.


To lower the number of fleas in your home, vacuum weekly, throw away trash in an outside garbage can ASAP, and wash areas where your pet spends time.

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It’s OK to use your dog’s flea medicine on your cat if:

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It’s OK to use your dog’s flea medicine on your cat if:

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Most kitties are sensitive to insecticides. Sadly, every year many of them die from flea control that has been used the wrong way. Don’t use any flea product on cats that isn’t labeled for them. If you bought it at the store, it can’t hurt to ask your vet first. Always check with a vet before you use any product on cats under 4 months old.

Using a flea fogger is the best way to kill fleas and their eggs.

Using a flea fogger is the best way to kill fleas and their eggs.

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Some foggers don't destroy eggs and must be used again in 2 weeks when eggs have hatched. If your pet is on flea control and you're vacuuming often, you may not need to use a fogger at all. For serious flea problems, you may want to call a professional exterminator.

The best way to treat fleas on a 1-month-old puppy is:

The best way to treat fleas on a 1-month-old puppy is:

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Flea control products with chemicals aren't recommended for young puppies. But regular flea combing can help get rid of fleas on both puppies and kittens. Dip the comb in soapy water between strokes to kill fleas.  

Which of these helps keep fleas from multiplying in your yard?

Which of these helps keep fleas from multiplying in your yard?

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Letting sunlight reach the soil can keep the flea population down outside. So can microscopic worms called nematodes that dine on fleas.

 

Most nematodes are tiny. Some eat plants, while others eat animals, microbes, or insects, like fleas. You can often find nematodes for sale at stores that carry gardening supplies.

When is the best time to treat pets for fleas?

When is the best time to treat pets for fleas?

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Waiting until you see fleas can lead to an infestation, so it’s best to treat your pet at the beginning of flea season. In many parts of the country, fleas are at their worst in September. In warm, humid states, like Florida, fleas can survive all year long. Ask your vet when flea season starts in your area.

Essential oils like citrus and clove are a safe way to treat fleas on your pet.

Essential oils like citrus and clove are a safe way to treat fleas on your pet.

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Certain essential oils -- such as peppermint, rosemary, cedar wood, lemongrass, and thyme -- are safer than others when used to stop fleas on pets.

 

Others -- including citrus, clove, cinnamon, lavender, geranium, tea tree, linalool, bay, eucalyptus, and rue oils -- can cause severe allergic reactions. Pennyroyal oil can be lethal.

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Great job! You don't make mistakes when it comes to keeping fleas off your pets and out of your house.
 

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