There are few pests bold enough to not only invade your home, but also use you and your family as their food source. Fleas are one of the most common types of these invaders. We believe it is simply unacceptable for them to so brazenly and personally infest you, so we take flea prevention and treatment extremely seriously. While the flea treatment process can be pretty involved, these four steps are at the core of a successful flea expulsion.
1. Cut Off the Flea Source (a.k.a. Clean and Treat Your Pet)
More often than not, our loveable pets are the source of our flea problems. Our pets can’t help it—fleas glom onto them the first chance they get. If you find your home infested with fleas, your pet is the best place to start getting rid of your flea nightmare.
Fortunately, there’s a lot more you can do for your pet than just give them a really intense bath. There are many flea solutions on the market to attack the problem from all angles. Among them are:
- Flea shots
- Flea-repellent medications
- Flea collars
- Medicated shampoos and conditioners
Ultimately, it’s a good idea to ask your veterinarian about the best way to keep the fleas off of your pets. Once they are flea-free, carefully wash their bedding, your car, and any other surface they may have come in contact with. Sadly for your pet, it’s also a good idea to throw out any toys. Or, if you feel up to it, give them a really thorough wash.
2. Thoroughly Clean Your Home
We all clean our homes…hopefully. Unfortunately, when it comes to a flea infestation, much like a lice outbreak, we need to do a few extra things. Namely:
- Wash all bedding and Exposed Clothing
- Clean furniture
- Wash any drapes and blankets
- Wipe down wood and tile floors
- Throw away open food
Cleaning your home is a vitally important part of the flea eviction process, and you may have to complete these steps multiple times. Repeated cleaning is really the only way to make sure the fleas are gone for good—which brings us back to quite possibly the most important house-cleaning step of all:
3. Vacuum Everything…Repeatedly
Okay, so we’ve already mentioned this. But honestly, it’s so important that we feel it requires its own heading. Seriously, bust out that vacuum ASAP. Here’s why:
Fleas lay eggs in your carpet.
Yup…the disgusting truth comes out.
Unfortunately, pest control products are only effective on bugs that have already hatched. Untouched flea eggs in your carpet will hatch and leave you right where you started. In addition to actually picking up some of the eggs, the vacuum will create vibrations that cause the eggs to hatch. Vacuuming daily, if not multiple times a day, helps the product knock out new hatchlings as well as adult fleas.
Basically, please, please vacuum!
4. Get Professional Flea Control Help
Flea infestations are really serious. They threaten the health, well-being, and quality of life of your family. Often, a full-blown invasion can’t be contained with household products and requires professional intervention. Pest control services use specialized industrial products to treat the interior and exterior of your home.
When we treat for fleas, we often set up multiple service appointments to ensure the problem is eradicated. We offer flea warranties at no additional cost to our current customers and year-round service packages. For more information about fleas, take a look at our other resources or contact us. We’re here to protect your home and family, and we’ll help you through any flea issue you’re facing.
Sources: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/get-rid-of-fleas-in-home-7.htm https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas