Pets are a wonderful addition to the family- in fact, they are your family. But when you discover that they have fleas, it can become a nightmare as they can quickly spread throughout your home. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself carrying fleas as well, as they will feed on your blood for about 24 hours.
The first line of defense is keeping fleas and ticks from setting up housekeeping on your property. If you live in a home with a yard, that means keeping your grass mowed and shrubs trimmed back. This simple landscaping move is the opposite of curb appeal to fleas and ticks because they have less place to hide.
Next, discourage feral pets and wildlife from coming into your yard and bringing their fleas with them. Possums, raccoons, and feral cats are the worst offenders. Don’t invite these critters by leaving bowls of dog or cat food outside. Trim back any trees and high shrubs that could let wild animals crawl into your attic. Seal off any openings to crawl spaces, garages, sheds, or under decks, where wild animals or stray dogs or cats could nest. When planting shrubs, keep them away from your house and each other. Any time you have air movement and sunlight it will kill flea larvae.
Treat Your Home’s Interior For Flea Infestation
Fleas will not only be hiding in your pets’ fur. To ensure that you are completely getting rid of all signs of fleas in your home, you will need to clean extensively. Vacuuming in all the corners of the house is necessary, and if your vacuum has a bag, throw it out each time as flea pupae may be inside. Sweep and mop all hardwood or tiled floors. Wash all your pets’ bedding and toys in hot water. If the bedding or toys will be ruined by being washed, it may be best to purchase new items. The goal is to rid your home of any flea eggs, larvae or pupae that may be lingering.
Prevent Future Flea Infestations
The best way to prevent fleas is to continually give your pets a flea and tick treatment. If you live in an area that is known for a high flea population, consider putting flea collars on your pets whenever they go outside. Keep an eye out for any evidence that your pets have fleas- consistent itching or nibbling, flea droppings (which has the appearance of tiny black dirt) or tiny jumping insects are all indicators. Continue to keep your home as clean as possible and consider using a flea deterrent spray in your home and even in your yard.
Stop putting off hiring a Minnetonka exterminator to deal with your flea problem! At Eco Tech, our flea control services are proven and will allow you to enjoy your home once again. Give our team a call 24/7 at (763) 785-1414 to set up a free consultation with one of our pest control experts.