Flea Control and Flea Extermination

Pest Control
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If you have any household pets, fleas are probably something you know a lot about. You might have even had to deal with them before. Fleas can also be a problem, however, even if you don’t have pets. These microscopic bloodsuckers are more than happy to feed on humans as well as dogs and cats. As you’ve probably seen, fleas can move extremely fast, and they are so tiny that once you lose one it is almost impossible to track back down. Fleas have a very high reproduction rate, the females can lay up to 50 eggs a day, these eggs turn into larvae in about a week, and from there the larvae spin cocoon and become full adults. Many times, the eggs will fall from the main host and land in carpet or on furniture, spreading the problem more and more.

While fleas can be found without pets, it is most common that a pet brings them into the household. It’s important to perform regular flea checks on your pet, and investing in flea treatments is a great idea as well. If you do have fleas brought into the home, there are several things you can do to get rid of the issue. Regular vacuuming and occasional steam cleaning the apartment will kill any fleas or eggs living on the floor. After vacuuming with fleas, make sure the debris is brought directly outside and thrown away, if it is thrown away in the house there is the potential for the fleas to continue living inside the home. You can also regularly wash your bedding, as well as any bedding that your pet sleeps on.

If your pet has fleas, you can buy shampoos for them that will kill the fleas on their body. Just scrub them down really well and then make sure they have a flea repellent medication! If you think fleas may be out in your yard, you can keep the lawn cut low and try to keep excessive plants cut back as fleas don’t like direct sunlight.