Flea Control and Flea Extermination

Pest Control
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If you have a pet, you are probably familiar with fleas. You may have even had to deal with them at some point. However, even if you don’t have pets, fleas can be a huge problem when in your home. Fleas are microscopic insects that feed off of blood, while they are often found on animals they will also feed off of humans as well. Fleas are able to move extremely fast, and are almost impossible to track down once you have lost one. Female fleas can lay about 50 eggs in a single day, these eggs will turn into larvae, which will then cocoon and become adult fleas. The eggs of fleas will often fall from the host, which will spread out the population even more.

Fleas are most common in households with pets, as the animals can bring them in from outside. This is why you should perform routine flea checks, and possibly invest in a form of flea control -such as a medicine or a flea collar. If fleas are in your home, there are several different approaches you can take to eradicating the issue. Vacuuming often will typically get any fleas or eggs that have made their way to the floor, occasional steam cleaning is also recommended. If you have fleas and you vacuum them up, be sure to throw them away outside where they are unable to get back into your home. You should also wash all bedding that you or your pet sleep on.

If you do find fleas on your pets, you can buy special flea shampoo for them, and just make sure to scrub them well. If you think you may have fleas in your yard, you should try to keep your grass cut and plants cut back to expose as many areas as possible to direct sunlight, as this will prevent fleas from thriving.