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How to Avoid a Flea Infestation

Flea infestations can take weeks or months to control, by taking some precautions, you can prevent them from starting in the first place.  These steps can help you make your home less inviting to these little bloodsuckers.

 

Start by Troubleshooting Your Yard

 

The first line of defense is keeping fleas and ticks from setting up home on your property. Fleas and ticks look for places to hide; if you live in a home with a yard, start by keeping your grass mowed and shrubs trimmed back. Also, 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; this is where wild animals or stray dogs or cats look to nest.

 

Keep dog/cat/pet food and bowls inside, this will discourage feral pets and wildlife from coming into your yard and bringing their fleas with them. Opossums, raccoons, and feral cats are the worst offenders.

 

Hire a pest control company to spray your yard or, you can also find effective yard flea sprays at your local hardware store.  Follow the instructions to how often you should spray the outer line of your property.

 

Practice Prevention on your Pets

 

Using a spot-on flea and tick treatments on your pet per your Veterinarian’s recommendation will help keep the little critters at bay.  When your pet’s come in from outside, run a flea comb or brush through their coat before going inside, reducing the number of pests it carries.

 

Do you have a long-haired pet? It is a lot easier for pests to hide in there. Consider having your pet shaved down, or trimmed short for the summer, this makes it easier to spot problems.

 

Clean Your High Traffic Areas Often

 

Having fleas and ticks in your house doesn't mean your home is dirty. By paying careful attention to certain areas, you can make pests less welcome. The three stages of immature fleas (flea eggs, larvae, and pupae) often live in carpeting or throw rugs. Vacuuming at least once a week (more often if you spot fleas) can help keep the pests from making themselves at home.

 

Fleas tend to avoid high-traffic areas, so be sure to hit baseboards, under furniture, under cushions and anywhere your pets sleep or spend time. By doing this you can eliminate 30% of larvae and 60% of flea eggs.

 

Change vacuum bags frequently and place a flea collar in the bag to kill emerging fleas. Don’t forget, if your pet rides in your car you need to vacuum your car as well. Ensure you wash your pet’s bedding, crate and toys in hot water weekly to kill flea eggs and larvae.

 

Treat and Prevent Infestations

 

Thanks to effective flea and tick control products you can use on your pets, infestations in your home are much less common today than in the past.  If fleas do start to invade your home, take quick and decisive steps to rid them from your home and keep them away. First, vacuum your carpets thoroughly.  After vacuuming, dispose of the bag immediately because eggs and larvae will continue to develop in the bag. Next, you should shampoo or steam clean the carpet to remove additional fleas and larvae. If you choose to use an insecticide in your home, cleaning the carpets first allows the product to go deeper into the carpet.

 

Get your animals and your home on a regular maintenance prevention program.  Ask your veterinarian what they recommend using on your pet and a pest control specialist what they recommend on your house.  Prevention is key to avoiding an infestation.

 

 

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Flea infestations can take weeks or months to control, by taking some precautions, you can prevent them from starting in the first place.  These steps can help you make your home less inviting to these little bloodsuckers.

 

 

Start by Troubleshooting Your Yard

 

The first line of defense is keeping fleas and ticks from setting up home on your property. Fleas and ticks look for places to hide; if you live in a home with a yard, start by keeping your grass mowed and shrubs trimmed back. Also, 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; this is where wild animals or stray dogs or cats look to nest.

 

Keep dog/cat/pet food and bowls inside, this will discourage feral pets and wildlife from coming into your yard and bringing their fleas with them. Opossums, raccoons, and feral cats are the worst offenders.

 

Hire a pest control company to spray your yard or, you can also find effective yard flea sprays at your local hardware store.  Follow the instructions to how often you should spray the outer line of your property.

 

Practice Prevention on your Pets

 

Using a spot-on flea and tick treatments on your pet per your Veterinarian’s recommendation will help keep the little critters at bay.  When your pet’s come in from outside, run a flea comb or brush through their coat before going inside, reducing the number of pests it carries.

 

Do you have a long-haired pet? It is a lot easier for pests to hide in there. Consider having your pet shaved down, or trimmed short for the summer, this makes it easier to spot problems.

 

 

Clean Your High Traffic Areas Often

 

Having fleas and ticks in your house doesn't mean your home is dirty. By paying careful attention to certain areas, you can make pests less welcome. The three stages of immature fleas (flea eggs, larvae, and pupae) often live in carpeting or throw rugs. Vacuuming at least once a week (more often if you spot fleas) can help keep the pests from making themselves at home.

 

Fleas tend to avoid high-traffic areas, so be sure to hit baseboards, under furniture, under cushions and anywhere your pets sleep or spend time. By doing this you can eliminate 30% of larvae and 60% of flea eggs.

 

Change vacuum bags frequently and place a flea collar in the bag to kill emerging fleas. Don’t forget, if your pet rides in your car you need to vacuum your car as well. Ensure you wash your pet’s bedding, crate and toys in hot water weekly to kill flea eggs and larvae.

 

Treat and Prevent Infestations

 

Thanks to effective flea and tick control products you can use on your pets, infestations in your home are much less common today than in the past.  If fleas do start to invade your home, take quick and decisive steps to rid them from your home and keep them away. First, vacuum your carpets thoroughly.  After vacuuming, dispose of the bag immediately because eggs and larvae will continue to develop in the bag. Next, you should shampoo or steam clean the carpet to remove additional fleas and larvae. If you choose to use an insecticide in your home, cleaning the carpets first allows the product to go deeper into the carpet.

 

Get your animals and your home on a regular maintenance prevention program.  Ask your veterinarian what they recommend using on your pet and a pest control specialist what they recommend on your house.  Prevention is key to avoiding an infestation.