Is DIY Flea Control Just Not Cutting It?

Is DIY Flea Control Just Not Cutting It?


Are you a responsible pet owner? If you own a dog or a cat, you probably do a lot to take care of Fido and Fluffy. Regular vet visits, feeding your pet the best food and keeping your pet’s treat cupboard stocked are just a few of the things you may be doing to keep your pets happy and healthy. But have you considered your pets’ protection against fleas? There are all kinds of different flea control products on the market, but you should check with your pets’ veterinarian to see what flea treatment is most suitable for your pet. Are fleas harmful to your pets? Yes! Fleas can contribute to animal scratching and discomfort and can even cause pets to lose hair and have large, open sores. Are fleas harmful to your family? YES!! Fleas can bite your human family members too! Flea control is important for several reasons: your pets need to be flea-free to be happy and healthy and once a flea infestation is inside your home, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of on your own. 

At Schendel Pest Services, we get phone calls regularly from homeowners that are frustrated about flea problems that are present either inside their homes or even in their front yards. Typically customers will tell us that they have tried DIY flea control products and they just don’t seem to be taking care of the problem.  Fleas are tough to kill on your own, because in order to be your own flea exterminator, you must kill every single flea present inside your home or on your property, as well as all the eggs that the fleas have left behind. DIY flea control may include:

  • Vacuuming bed bedding, all carpeting and upholstered furniture.

  • Cleaning the areas around where pets sleep and laundering all pet bedding. 

  • Treating for any fleas that are present on your pets and making sure that you have preventative treatments from your veterinarian to prevent your pet from picking up more fleas.

  • When you are truly desperate for flea control, you may also end up buying DIY flea sprays or chemicals online or at the grocery store. Flea sprays you buy at the store can be dangerous to your pets and to the people inside your home if mixed or applied incorrectly. They don’t typically exterminate the entire flea problem either, which is a waste of your time and your money. 

Although these options may help you get rid of a few fleas, if the infestation has taken hold in your home, the best option for complete control is to contact Schendel for assistance.  Our trained technicians know just where to look and what treatments to provide to control of fleas (and their eggs) inside your property.  

Living inside a home that has an infestation of fleas can be stressful for Fido, Fluffy and for your family. Little red bites on your legs and feet and cats and dogs that scratch constantly are both signs that you need to give a call to the professionals at Schendel. You shouldn’t have to deal with these parasites on your own; call us today for more information on pest control in Kansas City, Topeka and throughout our service area to get rid of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, bed bugs, termites, ants, cockroaches and any other bothersome insects or rodents that may be bothering you!