Keeping fleas at bay during the summer is sometimes easier said than done. Luckily, Bob Martin is here to give you the low-down on how to keep your dog (and home!) flea-free in the warmer months. Read on to find out how you can establish a routine that will keep the pesky parasites away all summer long.
Check your pet
The number one thing you need to do when it comes to flea prevention is keep a close eye on your pet at all times. If their skin looks red and irritated, or if they start to scratch more than usual, this is usually a sign they have fleas. Look through your dog’s fur at least once a week and watch out for any changes in behaviour. Of course, not all dogs display symptoms when they have fleas so it is important to keep this in mind.
Keep your carpets clean
Vacuuming your carpets regularly (and even steam-cleaning them if you can afford it), goes a long way when it comes to preventing infestations. Fleas love to burrow away, deep within the fibres so getting out your trusty hoover a few times a week will help get rid of them and disrupt the life cycle.
Maintain your lawns
Fleas love to hide in tall grass, so make sure you mow your front and back lawns regularly. When the grass is short, it allows the sun to heat the soil underneath, creating an inhabitable environment for flea larvae. Watering your lawn also helps rid the area of larvae as it prevents them from hatching. Added bonus, your garden is sure to look glorious!
Keep your pet’s bed clean
It stands to reason that if your pet has fleas, they’re likely to be hiding in their bed too. Washing your dog’s bedding weekly disrupts infestations and prevents them from spreading. Be sure to use hot water when washing and a pet-friendly detergent.
Keep your soft furnishings clean
We’re willing to bet that your dog’s bed isn’t the only place they sleep. Many dogs nap on sofas, cushions or even in their owners bed and these are likely to be hot spots when it comes to flea infestations. Just like your dog’s bed, wash any bedding, throws or cushion that your pooch is partial to on the regular.
Bathe your dog
Giving your dog a bath once a week or once every other week is a great way to prevent fleas (and help get rid of them if they actually have an infestation!). You can even use a few drops of essential oils, like peppermint or lavender, which act as a natural repellent.
Shop Bob Martin
Preparation is key when it comes to flea prevention. Bob Martin has an amazing range of repellent products just a click away! To air on the side of caution, complete your purchase with our flea treatment products and get rid of any infestations in the home with our renowned flea bombs.
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