How to Prepare Against Spring Flea Infestations
Spring is here! Days spent playing in the park and having backyard BBQ’s are right around the corner. Spring can also be a time of increased pest infestations, however, so the next time you’re making your summer plans, consider adding seasonal flea infestation prevention to your list.
Why Spring is a Busier Time for Fleas
Most pests are more active in summer when the weather is hot and humid, and fleas are no exception. Although they’ll remain active inside your home year-round, the ones that are outside will only stay active in the warmer months, which makes summer and fall the most likely times of year to develop a new infestation.
How Fleas Get Into Your Home
Although it’s possible for a flea to hop onto your clothing whenever you’re out and about, it’s far more likely that they’ll come in from right outside your door. In order for that to happen though, they first have to get into your yard.
Usually, fleas end up in your yard because they ride onto your property on the backs of wildlife. Once on your lawn, they’ll drop off of the animal and remain in your yard until you, a family member, or a pet comes along. Then they’ll hop on board and come inside with that person or animal.
How to Prepare Against Summer Flea Infestations
To prevent fleas from getting in your house, the best thing you can do is prevent them from getting onto your lawn. The following tips will help accomplish both of these goals.
Don’t leave food sources outside that wildlife will be drawn to. Pet food and open garbage bins are an open invitation for wildlife to visit your yard.
Remove all possible water sources. Wildlife will be drawn to these as well. Containers that collect rainwater (intentionally or unintentionally), clogged gutters, drippy spigots, and low spots on your lawn will all attract wildlife.
Keep your lawn manicured. Both wildlife and fleas prefer cluttered areas that allow them to easily hide. By keeping your grass trimmed, your plants and shrubbery well-maintained, and leaf matter and other debris cleaned up, you’ll help make your lawn less attractive to wildlife and fleas.
Keep your pets up-to-date on their flea treatments.
Vacuum your rugs frequently.
Wash pet bedding and your own bedding in hot water on a regular basis.
What to Do if Fleas Invade
If you still end up with fleas in your home, a professional treatment from Schendel Pest Services can eradicate the entire problem. Many DIY methods leave eggs and nymphs behind to re-infest homes, but our flea treatment will make your home flea-free. Contact us for more information.