Protecting Your Home and Yard from Fleas
If you’ve ever had the unpleasant experience of being bitten by fleas, it’s an experience you’re unlikely to forget. Flea bites tend to come in bunches instead of single bites, and boy do they itch!
Of course, no one wants fleas infesting their house, but are you aware of the ways they might get inside and the steps you can take to prevent them from doing so?
Ways Fleas Get into Your Home
Although fleas can often be found on pets, they are not only a problem for pet owners, nor will they only infest homes that have pets in them.
Fleas can be found outdoors, especially in the summer and early fall months, so if you spend time outside, there is a chance you will end up with some on your clothing or shoes that you’ll bring inside your home.
This is usually how pets pick fleas up as well. And, since pets can sometimes wander into wooded areas where more wild animals are present, there’s a good chance they’ll pick some up there as well. Fleas need blood to survive, so they are most likely to be where food sources can be found.
How to Prevent Fleas From Entering Your Home
Although it’s possible to pick up a flea or two anywhere and bring it into your home, there are preventative steps to make it much less likely.
- Keep your yard well maintained. Fleas like to hide, so trimmed grass and a lack of lawn debris make your yard uninviting.
- Keep other critters away. Fleas often travel and feed on wildlife, so keeping those animals out of your yard will prevent fleas from entering as well. Do this by maintaining your yard, keeping excess moisture under control, not leaving pet or bird food outside. Also, make sure your home has no access points for animals to enter. Consider utilizing one of Schendel Pest Service’s year-round Premium Care Programs for maximum protection.
- Keep your pets up-to-date with their flea treatments. Make sure to give your pet the right dosage at the right time to prevent them from getting fleas on them.
Vacuum frequently. Although this won’t get rid of a current flea infestation, it will at least reduce the numbers and could prevent a future problem.
What to Do if You Already Have a Problem
If fleas have already infested your home, you won’t want to wait around to see if they go away on their own. Fleas can reproduce rapidly, so what starts as a small issue can easily become a big issue.
DIY flea treatments are often ineffective because they kill adult fleas but can’t get to the deep areas where the eggs and larvae are hidden. And some DIY treatments can be dangerous for humans and animals due to the chemicals they use.
When faced with a flea infestation, your best bet is to bring in trained professionals who can take care of the problem quickly and safely. Schendel Pest Services can treat your flea problem in a safe way that will eliminate fleas at all stages of development, leaving your home flea-free. Call today to learn more about our residential pest control programs.