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Shoo Flea, Don't Bother Me!

Fleas may be tiny, but once they get inside your house, they can easily become a big problem. Once a flea problem takes root, it can be a frustrating, often expensive, process to eradicate them. Here's what you need to know about pest control for fleas.

Flea-friendly environments

What do fleas like? Well, animals, for one. Fleas usually enter your house via the dog or cat. Your animal will soon become Flea Central - fleas will lay all of their eggs (up to 50 a day) on your pet.

As the pet moves around through the house, the eggs fall off and imbed themselves in the carpet, on the couch, under the curtains - in other words, everywhere. And while fleas may start out on the dog or cat, they're not just interested in animals - they like to bite people, as well!

Flea-proofing

There's no technique for preventive flea-proofing that can guarantee your home safety. However, what does work is vigilance. If you notice that your pet has been scratching itself a lot more than usual, inspect them for fleas.

It's a good idea to place a flea collar on your pet, and to give them regular flea shampoo baths if they spend a lot of time outside.

Treatment

If your pet does indeed have fleas, don't just give them a bath and think that's the end of it! You'll need to destroy all of your animal's bedding, including any other toys and blankets that he might spend a lot of time with.

Because fleas multiply so quickly, it's important to be thorough; when in doubt, throw it out. You don't want eggs left behind - on your favorite chair. Frequent vacuuming also gets rid of a lot of flea eggs. The pet and the house must be treated; arrange a professional flea treatment for your animal. You will probably also have to call a pest control company to arrange for fumigation inside the house.
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