Posted February 15, 2021
People are often confused about where fleas come from and how they get inside, especially those without pets. Flea issues usually begin outside and can then move indoors on a host. Grassy areas in full or partial shade are the most likely to contain fleas. While fleas do not mind smaller amounts of moisture, they won’t survive very heavy rains or in flooded areas. Fleas can often be found in areas where they might find a viable host, such as a dog house or an outdoor sitting area.
Finding a flea on your pet is not fun. The process of getting rid of them, especially if they’ve already invaded your home, is even less fun. A flea bite can sometimes transfer diseases that affect animals and humans alike.
Though fleas prefer animal hosts, they can survive on human blood if another blood meal is unavailable. It’s important for both your health and the health of your pet to get rid of these pests quickly. Let us walk you through some things you can do to eliminate any flea issues.
The first step is to eliminate the source of the fleas. If that’s a pet, start with them. Wash your pet with soap and water. The soap will kill off any adult fleas. Then use a flea comb to brush through their fur. Always talk to your veterinarian to see which products they recommend to help get rid of both fleas and their eggs.
If it’s a mild infestation, you can get away with just washing your pets’ bedding regularly until you are sure the pests are gone. However, if the infestation is more serious, we recommend throwing away all pet bedding.
Now that you’ve taken care of the pets, it’s time to clean your house. Start by vacuuming your carpet, rugs, curtains, and furniture. Pay extra close attention to any areas your pet loves to hang around. You will want to vacuum regularly to ensure you are getting all of the fleas out of your home. We recommend vacuuming those more troublesome areas once a day. Also, make sure you’re emptying your vacuum bag in an outdoor garbage can each time. To take things a step further, you may consider having your carpets steam-cleaned. This process will kill off adult fleas, but it may need to be done again if any unremoved eggs hatch.
Fleas can also be brought onto your property or into your home by wildlife such as squirrels and raccoons. Wildlife infestations are best handled by a professional as they have the potential to damage both your home and your health.
Eliminating a flea infestation can be a frustrating task, especially if the problem started in or has spread to your yard. Luckily, you do not have to solve this issue on your own. For the most effective fix, we recommend working with your local pest control company.
Here at Fox Pest Control, our Pest Pros are trained to get rid of the pests for you. Live near one of our branches? Give us a call at (855) 953-2002 for a free estimate because no bugs is simply better.