A flea is a small, wingless insect that feeds off the blood of living things. People around the world spend billions every year controlling fleas. It’s one of the largest expenses for pet owners. Cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, cause most flea problems. Cats, dogs, and wildlife are the primary hosts of this flea. Pets and households are less likely to be infested by other kinds of fleas, including dog fleas, human fleas, and rat fleas.
Only around 5% of flea infestation are adult fleas. Another 95% come from flea eggs, larvae, and pupae hiding in your home and yard, so it is crucial to eliminate fleas in all areas of the house.
In addition to causing irritation, fleas can also transmit disease. Infested cats and dogs scratch constantly, leading to soiled and roughened coats and, sometimes, nervous conditions. An allergy to flea bites is the most serious effect that pets suffer from. Allergic pets can develop severe itching and scratch after as few as one or two bites.
Start by treating all pets and other animals with a fast-acting flea treatment. There’s a good chance that other pets have also picked up fleas, even if you only saw them on one pet. Even if you have an indoor-only cat or a dog who lives in the house, getting rid of fleas on your pets will help reduce their spread throughout the house. Additionally, regularly treating your pets for fleas throughout the year can prevent infestations from occurring.
Wash your family’s bedding and the bedding of your pet in hot water, and use household flea spray to deal with fleas. Fleas and flea larvae will be killed with hot water, as well as flea dirt (which immature fleas consume).
Floors, carpets, and area rugs should be vacuumed. To prevent flea infestations in the future, remove the vacuum cleaner bag immediately after use and throw it away to prevent eggs from hatching inside. Vacuum regularly until the infestation is cleared, especially in areas that pets frequent.
It is common for people to forget that fleas can hide in cars and cabinets. It is a good idea to vacuum any fabric surfaces in your car. Also, ensure that your pet is seated on a blanket that can easily be changed and cleaned. Vacuum cabinets and spray them with flea spray afterward.
How Do I Get Rid of Fleas in My House Fast
Good sanitation and environmental treatment are integral parts of an integrated flea control program. If your home is infested with fleas, proper treatment will help eliminate them, but it will take a while, especially if the infestation is heavy. The fastest way to get rid of fleas is to hire a professional pest control company.
Don’t wait until fleas get out of hand. Call the professionals to eradicate your flea problem the right way. Get in touch with Pest Control Pros today!