Fleas can be a big problem for any homeowner. If you have fleas in your home, it’s important to get rid of them as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to hire a lawn pest specialist. A lawn pest specialist will be able to get rid of the fleas quickly and efficiently. They will also be able to advise you on how to prevent fleas from coming back in the future.
The first step in getting rid of fleas is to identify them. Fleas are small, dark-colored insects that feast on the blood of mammals. Flies are reddish-brown in color, thin, and have long rear legs. They’re around an eighth of an inch long, but you won’t be able to see them clearly without the help of a microscope.
They are most commonly found on cats and dogs, but they can also live on other animals, including humans. Fleas are difficult to see with the naked eye, but you may be able to spot them by looking for flea dirt. Flea dirt is small, black pellets that are the flea’s feces. If you see flea dirt, that is a good indication that you have fleas in your home.
Getting Rid of Fleas in the Home
While a pest control specialist is always best for efficiently getting rid of fleas in your yard, there are other places to worry about fleas. You’ll also need to get fleas off of your pets and out of your home. To start, vacuum your entire house, paying special attention to any flea-infested areas. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately after to prevent fleas from escaping back into your home.
Next, treat all of your pets with a flea treatment approved by your veterinarian. Be sure to follow the directions carefully and treat all pets in your home, even if they don’t seem to have fleas. This will help to prevent fleas from coming back. Finally, wash all of your bedding and clothing in hot water. fleas can lay eggs in fabric, so it’s important to get rid of any flea eggs that may be present.
After you’ve treated your pets and vacuumed your home, you may also need to treat your home for fleas. There are a variety of flea sprays and powders that you can use. At Dominion Pest Control, we offer pest control services for a variety of home pests including fleas, mites, cockroaches, spiders, and more.
Prevention is always easier than getting rid of fleas. Fleas can live in carpets, blankets, and other surfaces where pets frequent. Sweep or vacuum thoroughly and frequently to prevent infestation. Thoroughly vacuum your carpets and rugs, as well as any cushions on chairs and sofas. For cleanliness, wash your pet’s bedding frequently with soap and water. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag outside away from areas your pet frequents when finished.
Neat and Tidy Yard
Once you’ve gotten rid of fleas, you’ll want to take steps to prevent them from coming back. Fleas are more likely to inhabit shady areas, as they cannot be in the sun for significant amounts of time. Mowing your lawn frequently is an effective way to prevent flea infestations. Mowing your lawn unveils the dirt to natural sunlight, which then creates an inhabitable environment for fleas. Avoiding over-watering is another way to help prevent fleas in your yard. Fleas are most active in humid environments, so keeping your yard dry will make it less appealing to them.
Raking thoroughly to remove any debris will also help to discourage fleas. Be sure to remove any piles of leaves, wood, or other organic matter from your yard. This allows for potential insecticide exposure to fleas and eliminates any dark, moist areas where they could reproduce. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day, so it’s important to take steps to prevent fleas from returning.
A Prepared Home
Keep your home free of rodents and other animals, like opossums, as fleas often latch on to these creatures. If you have pets that go outside, check them for fleas and flea dirt on a regular basis. Treat them immediately with a flea treatment if fleas are present. Keep your home clean and tidy to further discourage fleas from taking up residence.
Storing food in sealed containers, including pet food, is another way to prevent fleas. Fleas are attracted to the smell of food and will often enter homes in search of a meal. If you keep your trash outside the home until trash day, make sure you tightly cover compost and trash cans to prevent wild animals that may carry fleas from entering your yard.
It is critical to seal any openings in your home where rodents can enter. While this is important to prevent a rodent infestation, it is also important from preventing a flea infestation. Don’t let one bad situation lead to another – take steps to prevent fleas from entering your home in the first place.
If you have fleas, don’t wait – call Dominion Pest Control today. We can help keep your home flea-free and healthy. At Dominion Pest Control, we understand the importance of preventing pests of all sorts. We offer a variety of services to help prevent fleas, cockroaches, rodents, and more from taking up residence in your home or yard. Our flea control services are designed to target fleas at all stages of their life cycle to prevent them from coming back. Call us today at (717) 393-7879 or contact us here to learn more about our flea control services and how we can help you get rid of fleas for good.