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.
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!
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.
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.