Protecting your home from fleas
Fleas are a common problem in homes and are not only an irritating problem for pets but they will also bite humans. Even though fleas are usually found in the homes with pets they can also be a problem for new homeowners that move into previously infested homes and apartments. The fleas ability to remain dormant is one reason why fleas seem to suddenly emerge in homes once new owners move in and start walking around. Also it’s important to note that fleas aren’t always associated with a previous owner’s pets. Sometimes wild animals living in crawl spaces or other similar areas bring fleas with them which cause problems for homeowners.
Pest control is important not only because of the discomfort bites cause to pets and people but also because fleas are carriers of the tapeworm parasite.
Fleas are small – 1/32” to 1/16” long – reddish brown insects that spend most of their adult lives clinging to and feeding on the body of their chosen host. Adults are wingless and have flattened bodies that allow them to move freely between the hairs of dogs and cats. Fleas are also extraordinary jumpers and can jump hundreds of times higher than their body length. Flea larvae live around and feed upon on the organic flecks of skin and other similar materials that collect wherever pets spend time. This includes favorite resting areas and bedding sites. Proper cleaning in these areas can go a long ways towards flea control.
If you have pets, it is essential to prevent fleas becoming established in carpets and bedding:
- Vacuum carpets and furnishings where pets sleep to remove fleas and eggs. Always empty the vacuum into a bag and discard it outside your home.
- Wash pet bedding regularly in hot water to kill flea eggs, larvae, and adults within cocoons
- Take care when transferring bedding, rugs, etc, to avoid spreading flea eggs
- Consider placing pet beds in areas without carpets such as on wooden floors
Most homeowners try treating fleas with a do it yourself flea control remedy which are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones very quickly and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.
Your flea treatment will depend on the level of infestation. Termite Choices use an effective dual action insecticide to which they add a growth inhibitor that disrupts the lifecycle of the flea.
Termite Choices technicians experienced professionals that use expert knowledge when developing a flea control program for your home.
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