How to get rid of fleas

Fleas-small, brown, parasitic insects about 1/8 inch long-jump onto their host to feed on its blood. They spend most of their time resting and breeding where the host rests. Development from egg to adult flea takes about 2 months, less in hot weather. Fleas feed on humans when animals are absent.

The best defense is a thorough house vacuuming, with special attention to your pet’s bedding. Wash the bedding and let it dry; spray or dust it with a veterinary insecticide formulation. Give your pet a flea inspection often: look for the tiny black specks that are their droppings.

Use flea shampoo, powder, or a flea collar as your veterinarian advises. In case of a severe infestation, calling in an exterminator may be the best answer.