Fleas are very annoying household pests. They multiply rapidly, and before you know it, they are in your carpet, furniture, and bedding. They bite and leave itchy welts. They make your family and your pets miserable. A flea infestation is also very embarrassing because they will attack any guests that come in your home as well. It's difficult to get rid of the pests once they gain a foothold, but this is what you can do.
Examine Pets Regularly
You should develop a habit of brushing your pet a few times per week, so you can watch for fleas. You'll either see fleas scurry through the fur as you brush, or you'll see the dark flecks they leave behind. It's important to keep track of the fleas on your pets because that is the only way you get an early warning about the infestation. The fleas that you see on your cat or dog only account for around five percent of the total number of fleas roaming around your home. If your pet has many fleas, you have a serious problem.
Treat Your Pet
The best way to keep fleas off your pet is to use some sort of flea and tick repellent. It's a good idea to get a recommendation from your vet, so you apply a product that is safe for your pet, and you give it in the proper dose.
Once fleas are already on your pet, you'll probably need to bathe him or her to kill them off. Frequent baths may be necessary until the flea medications kick in and start repelling the pests.
Clean Your Pet's Bedding
Wash all your pet's bedding in hot water to kill the fleas. The area where your pet sleeps will probably have a high concentration of fleas. This might even be your own bed if your pet sleeps with you. If your pet's bed can't be washed, you may have to throw it out and buy a new one once fleas are under control.
In addition to cleaning the bedding, you should also clean all your pet's toys with hot water. They might have flea eggs or larvae in them that you can't see with the naked eye.
Vacuum And Mop
If you have carpeting, there's a good chance the fleas will reproduce in it. It will hold a combination of flea eggs, adult fleas, and larvae. You can get rid of many of them just by vacuuming. You may also want to have your carpets steam cleaned.
If you have wood, tile, or vinyl floors, mop them frequently because the fleas may hide in tiny grooves, or anywhere else they can burrow into. You can even run a steam cleaner over your floors and use it to steam your furniture and baseboards.
Get Professional Pest Control
If your infestation is bad, you'll most likely need to use chemical pesticides to kill all the fleas. Even then, it may take several weeks before they are all gone. That's because the adults die off right away, but the eggs will hatch out later and new adults will emerge. Using chemicals can be dangerous if you have kids and pets that lounge on the floor.
The best solution is to hire a professional exterminator, like one of the experts at Antex Exterminating Co Inc, to treat your carpets and other areas of your home affected by the fleas. Your yard needs to be treated as well since that's where the fleas come from in the first place. The exterminator can treat the yard at the same time he treats your house to get the best results.
Once you've dealt with a bad flea problem, you'll understand how important it is to prevent one from developing in the first place. The best line of defense is to treat your pets so fleas stay off them and out of your home.