Fleas are a common pest problem in homes especially when cats or dogs are present. Fleas can also be a problem for new homeowners that move into previously infested homes and apartments.
Not only are they a concern for pets but flea bites can also be a real worry for humans, especially because they are carriers of the tapeworm parasite. Knowing how to get rid of fleas will help to protect you, your family and your pets from the irritation of flea bites.
Fleas need relatively high temperatures to survive. Homeowners often discover a problem with fleas after switching on the central heating in the Fall, when the outside temperatures start to drop.
The increase in temperature inside the home awakens fleas, which may have been lying dormant for many months.
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. Use the strongest suction that will not damage the fabric. Empty the vacuum cleaner bag directly into a sealable plastic bag and immediately discard it outside your home.
Although many homeowners struggle with do it yourself pest control products , like flea bombs, the results are often less than satisfactory. In order to get rid of fleas permanently, you need to use a product that will eliminate all stages of a flea’s life, which can be difficult to achieve.
We recommend the services of a professional pest exterminator, if you are having a persistent problem with fleas.
Homeowners generally notice the presence of fleas by the bites they leave behind.
Some people may develop an allergic reaction to flea bites. If there is any swelling, usually using a cold press on the area can help to reduce the discomfort and any itchiness.
Fleas can be selective and will often feed on only one or a few people living in a house. Many times the people most affected are small children and infants.
Even with the best care, it is difficult to fully protect your dog or cat from fleas. A pet with fleas will frequently scratch or try to bite the fleas in its fur.
Although a flea comb or flea collar may be sufficient to prevent some flea infestations, generally pet owners need to consult their veterinarian for advice on eliminating fleas from their pets.
If you choose to use an over the counter flea treatment for your pet you must be aware that the materials used on cats are different than those used on dogs.
Be sure you only use a cat or dog specific material on your pet and consult your vet if there are signs of irritation such as reddening of the skin or if there are thin patches in your pet’s coat.
Ehrlich offers an expert flea service to treat your entire home, both inside and outside, to ensure fleas are eliminated. Exterior treatment on a property will often depend on weather conditions.
Our interior treatment includes the use of a spray application for thorough coverage of flooring spaces. We use the safest, least invasive, but most effective materials and methods available today. This means you can have peace of mind knowing your pest concerns are being resolved, and your family and pets are safe.
To help eliminate fleas entirely, it is important that homeowners vacuum regularly and follow our practical tips for getting rid of fleas.
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