How to Kill Fleas With Talcum Powder

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Vet checking dog for fleas.
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Fleas are one of the most difficult pests to control in an animal's habitat. A trip through your pet's domicile in your while socks will let you know in an instant if you have a problem. If your white socks are dotted with hopping black specks, you have a flea infestation. Conquering this doesn't have to be difficult, but you do need persistence. Commercial products can do the job, but there is something safer.

Tackling the Flea Colony

Standard baby powder or "talcum," powder can help you control a flea population. The powder will suffocate the fleas. The areas most susceptible are your pet's body, her bedding and the carpet in your home. Dust your pet lightly with talcum powder. While wearing gloves, rub the talcum powder into your pet's fur. Leave the powder on your pet for a couple of minutes, and comb her thoroughly with a flea comb. Place the fleas on a white paper towel to determine if there's still activity. Repeat if necessary, and bathe and thoroughly dry your pet. If your dog's bedding can be laundered, do this while treating your pet. If not, lightly dust the bedding, and the carpet in your home, with the talcum powder. Leave the powder on the carpet while you're treating your pet. Shake the bedding outdoors to remove dead fleas, or vacuum. Vacuum the carpet thoroughly. Repeat until the population has been extinguished.