It usually starts small, so small you barely notice it. You’re sitting on the sofa, and a flea jumps on you. You notice an itchy, red spot on your arm or leg. Maybe your dog is scratching a little more than usual. The next thing you know, you have a full blown infestation, and you’re calling pest control companies inquiring about killing fleas in your home. It can be harrowing.
It doesn’t take long for a flea population to grow out of control and getting rid of them is no easy feat. They can hide in furniture, carpet, bedding, and on pets. Even if you launch a full blown assault and manage to eliminate one generation, you will have a whole new infestation when the eggs hatch and the next generation emerges.
How Fleas Get in Your Home
Fleas usually get in your home by being carried in on an infected animal such as a dog or cat. However, if a wild animal gets into your house they can also introduce fleas into your environment. This is why it is so important to treat your pets with a flea treatment. There are many good ones that your veterinarian can recommend, such as once a month oral or topical preventative. It helps your pet stay healthy and keeps fleas out of your house.
Killing Fleas in Your Home
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, fleas still get in your house. When that happens you need to take a focused, multi-faceted approach to ensure success. You have to be very thorough and systematic if you are intent on successfully killing fleas in your home.
If you have pets, bathe them or get them dipped. If you use a groomer, drop them off while you are treating your home so you can do everything at once.
Once they are out of the house, clean all of your pet’s bedding with a flea shampoo or treatment made specifically for pets.
Vacuum your home completely and sweep and mop all tile and wood floors. If you have rugs, vacuum them as well as upholstery.
It is best to hire a pest control company to apply product and help you get rid of fleas. Some over the counter products are OK, but the best, most effective products are professional grade. Additionally, a pest control technician can inspect your home for problem areas and offer advice on how to best keep your home free of fleas.
You will likely have to go through this at least one more time, possibly two, until all generations of the fleas have been killed.
Killing fleas in your home can be a tedious task, and there is no guarantee that you won’t have a re-infestation when you are treating it yourself. If you have fleas in your home, North Fulton Pest Solutions can help. One of our professional technicians will inspect your home and yard to identify problem areas, points of access, and create a plan to get rid of the fleas in your home. Give us a call; we have an environmentally responsible pest control solution for you.