Have fleas in your home? Here’s how to handle them fast.
Many homeowners don’t worry too much about a flea infestation, until one happens, of course. Even though we tend to think about fleas being on our pets, they can also get onto us from furniture, carpet, rugs, and other places.
If you experience an infestation, it’s always best to call a professional, but there are do-it-yourself methods that you can try as well. Today, we’re going to explore the best flea treatments for your house, pets, and yard.
How Do Fleas Get Into Your House?
In most instances, fleas will get into your home by hitching a ride on your pets. Pets (mainly dogs and cats) can get fleas by coming into contact with other animals, from neighboring lawns, or even from the bushes or grass in your very own front yard. Although our canine friends are typically associated with fleas, both cats and dogs are susceptible, so it’s important to always monitor your pets just to be sure.
Flea Treatment for Your House
Although some fleas will stay on your pet once they get inside, plenty will find their way to your carpet, furniture, and other areas. There are several different types of flea treatments for your house that are available.
Follow these simple tactics and you’ll be able to eliminate fleas from fabrics and furniture:
- Vacuuming — The first thing you want to do is vacuum any areas where the dog or cat spends time, especially where he or she sleeps. Once you’re done, seal the bag in plastic and dispose of it so that no fleas escape.
- Treat Areas — Treating areas with an organic flea spray will keep them at bay. This includes areas such as your doorframes, windows, and baseboards.
- Wash Pet Stuff — Wash all of your pet’s bedding, rugs, pillows, and cushions that they use. This will kill any fleas, larvae, and eggs.
- Use Foggers — Using foggers, powders, and sprays will be an effective way to get rid of fleas. Depending on the product, it will either kill them or inhibit their growth.
Flea Treatment for Your Pets
Fleas are bothersome to animals and can drive them crazy from itching. Since both cats and dogs can get fleas, it’s important you understand the best methods to get rid of them. These techniques will help you rid your pets of fleas and prevent them from reappearing:
- Metal Flea Comb — Brushing your pet’s fur with one of these combs will remove adult fleas.
- Flea Shampoo — Treating your pets with flea shampoo is one of the easiest ways to take care of the problem. This will eliminate any live fleas and their eggs.
- Spot Treatment — Spot treatments are formulated to protect your pet for a month and possibly longer. Simply apply the product to your pet’s shoulders to treat them.
- Flea Collar — Flea collars are made to repel fleas and ticks. They’re pretty effective, but you’ll probably want to use other solutions as well.
Flea Treatment for Your Yard
Fleas will often find their way into your yard and then wait until your cat or dog comes close so they can hitch a ride. Then, it’s only a matter of time before they get inside your home. To help prevent this, we’d suggest that you follow these tried-and-true flea treatment methods:
- Remove Dead Plants — Fleas will often breed in dead plants and other debris. Keeping your yard clear of these items will help prevent an infestation.
- Use Flea Sprays — Apply flea sprays on your home’s patios, along the foundation, and under any porches. If it rains, be sure to reapply in these areas.
- Lawn Maintenance — Make sure that you routinely water and maintain your lawn. Along with sunlight, these methods should keep fleas at bay.
- Extra Treatments — If there are any damp areas where sunlight doesn’t reach, apply extra flea spray treatments. This will include crawl spaces and other out-of-the-way areas.
When to Call a Professional
Under certain circumstances, a flea infestation can get out of control to the point where you’re at your wits’ end because they just won’t go away. If you’ve tried to get rid of them in the past and they seem to keep popping up, it’s time to call a professional. A flea control expert will use organic pest control methods to help get rid of the fleas and show you how to prevent them in the future.
Contact ProHealth Pest Control for Flea Treatment for Your House
By using the proper flea treatment for your house, you should be able to get rid of the problem in no time. For a full-blown infestation, ProHealth Pest Control can help solve the problem. If you have any questions about our residential or commercial pest control methods or would like to schedule a free consultation, reach out by calling (727) 308-4087 today.