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Control Fleas in Your Home

Fleas in your home? The thought alone is enough to make your skin crawl.

In the WebMD Pet Health Community, one community member worries that, even after getting rid of fleas, her terrier continues to chew on his paws. Does this mean the fleas are still around?

M. Duffy Jones, DVM, notes that sometimes, longstanding flea infestations can lead to bacterial or yeast infections. A veterinarian can recommend the right meds to eliminate these infections in your pet.

Jones also highlights the key steps to truly getting rid of these persistent little pests, so they don't continue causing problems for you and your furry friends.

Step 1: Treat your infected pet and all otherpets in your house for fleas.

This means put flea product on every furry friend you have for several months in a row. You need to kill adult fleas and newly hatched fleas. Your vet can recommend the best product.

Step 2: Clean and vacuum your entire house.

Pay special attention to the dark nooks and crannies where fleas like to lurk and lay eggs. And wash all bedding and other linens where your pets have spent time. Also, ask your vet about products you can safely use to kill unhatched flea eggs.

Step 3: Treat your yard.

Mow tall grass, clear out debris, and treat your lawn with an EPA-approved flea product.

Step 4: Keep the treatment up for several months afteryou stop seeing fleas.

If you stop flea treatment as soon as you stop seeing fleas, you may miss flea eggs or newly hatched fleas, and they’ll return triumphantly to cause even more problems.

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