by Doris Donnerman
(last updated July 26, 2008)
If you bathe your dog and discover several fleas in its fur, it's a safe bet that its friends and family have staked a claim on your pet's bedding. And if the fleas are in your pet's bedding, that means they are also in your carpeting, drapes, bed linens, towel closets, and car. In other words, anywhere you live, a flea will live.
Fleas are parasites that sustain themselves with the blood of their host. A host can be dogs, cats, chickens, mice, rodents, birds, and humans. Not only an annoying pest, fleas are carriers of such diseases as typhus, tapeworms, and bubonic plague. From a health and safety standpoint, it is best to rid your home of fleas as soon as you see one. The best way to do that is with a regular routine of vacuuming. Follow these guidelines to rid your home of fleas using your vacuum cleaner:
Make sure that you frequently change the vacuum cleaner bag, sealing it inside of a garbage bag and removing it from the house each time. When you've completed the two-day vacuum process, you can put all of the furniture back into place, and replace everything you washed and dried. You will need to repeat the two-day vacuum process in about four weeks, continuing every six weeks, until you no longer see fleas in your home.
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