Fleas are pests that we commonly think of in relation to cats and dogs, and for good reason. Pets are always at risk of getting fleas without the proper type of protection. Unfortunately, fleas can also cause problems inside your house for you and your family. These tiny pests will bite at your ankles causing uncomfortable and itchy spots. If one of your pets brings fleas into the house they can get into your carpet, lay eggs, and lead to a seemingly endless infestation. When you develop an infestation, these tiny pests will bite at your ankles causing uncomfortable and itchy spots. There are a few practical steps you can take to prevent a flea problem from reaching that level in your house.
Pets can easily pick up fleas while outdoors and bring them into your home. Flea control in your house starts with protecting your pet from fleas. There are a few different options if you want to protect your pet from fleas. Flea collars, flea prevention pills, and flea baths are all options for preventing or eliminating fleas on your pet. Talk to your vet to determine which option is the best fit for your dog or cat.
An overgrown or unkempt lawn can be a place of harborage for fleas and other types of pests. Maintaining your lawn can lower your risk of developing a flea problem inside the house. It is especially important to keep your grass and flowerbeds that are near entrances to your house maintained.
Part of the reason a flea infestation can become so problematic is the lifecycle of the pest. You can apply a treatment that kills off the adult fleas only to discover later that it had no impact on the flea eggs on your pet or in the carpet. Fortunately, there is a fairly simple solution that can provide results – vacuuming. Vacuuming your rugs, furniture, and carpet regularly with a high-powered vacuum can help remove fleas and their eggs. If you suspect a flea infestation – or dealt with one recently – be sure to discard the contents of the vacuum outside of the house so the fleas do not find their way back inside.
A flea infestation can be complicated to eradicate – especially if it is severe. If you miss just a few areas where fleas or eggs are present you will find yourself in the same situation again in no time. A pest control pro will have the tools and expertise to effectively deal with fleas inside your home.
Fleas are not only a problem for cats and dogs – they can infest your home as well. Following the steps outlined above will give you the best chance of getting rid of any fleas currently in your home and keeping them out for the long term.