by April Reinhardt
(last updated June 10, 2009)
Fleas are small parasites with exceptionally long hind legs—about 200 times their own body length—making them excellent jumpers. And for those who might think, "Oh. There're only a few of them, just leave them alone," consider this: not only can fleas procreate at an alarming rate and quickly infest a host, they can infest an entire home if left unchecked, and are carriers of disease. Fleas were the culprit behind the bubonic plague, transmitting the virus between rodents and humans, and they can also transmit tapeworm and typhus fever.
Given those facts, it's wise to eradicate fleas the first time you see one. Here are some ways to get rid of fleas without using chemicals:
Don't forget to remove fleas from your pets, their bedding, and all bedding in the house. Wash bedding in hot water and then dry in your dryer on the highest heat setting. Use non-toxic dog and cat flea collars and treatments.
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