How You're Attracting Fleas & Flea Control Tips
Once they take hold of your house, it’s hard to get rid of them. Fortunately, these prevention tips can help.
The first essential prevention tip of course, is to keep your pets free of fleas, whether it’s from a veterinary or another method. It’s important to check your pets for fleas frequently and try to catch any early, as they can also lay many eggs within the pet’s (and your) environment. If your pet does have fleas, you need to properly treat them with quick timing.
We can unwittingly drag fleas into our homes on our pant legs, so it’s important to wash clothing after hikes, especially in early Fall. Fleas like to live in carpets and blankets, so hardwood floors are preferable. They thrive in any kind of messy or dirty environment, whether indoors or out, and so it is important to keep lawn mowed and yard space tidy.
If you do have an infestation, sanitation is key: vacuum and shampoo carpets, wash bedding, and treat your furniture. It also helps to put infected bedding into securely tied plastic bags for a time before you wash them. After you wash your bedding, make sure to put them in the drier and not hang them on the clothesline; the drier will help get rid of them.
Fleas also love stuffed animals. If your child is partial to the stuffed animals and cannot part with them, the toys still need to be sealed in a plastic bag for about a month’s time.
Along with, or even instead of, all this troublesome cleaning, the best and most efficient thing to help with flea control is a professional to manage it all.
Why Your Clutter Is Keeping Fleas In Your Home
Fleas can be a real problem. While many homeowners who find themselves with a flea problem tend to have pets in the house, many more don’t. There are a number of things you can do to combat fleas, but cluttered homes tend to have far more problems keeping the fleas out than those with less clutter. Wondering why? Read on.
More Clutter = More Fleas
As our living spaces continue to shrink, the amount of clutter almost everyone has is going up at a rapid pace. It’s a real problem from a pest control standpoint, and particularly so with fleas. All pests need great places to hide out while they’re in your home. The more clutter you have around, the more places those little fleas have to hide, escaping every possible DIY treatment you’re going to bring to the table. It also gives them a protected place to lay their eggs, which means that you’re helping to protect the next generation thanks to your stuff, too.
If you do have a flea problem, start by clearing the clutter. Don’t just put it in storage, either. You’re actually going to have to sort through it and get rid of it. Then you’ll want to call in the professionals. Remember that if you do have a pet, you must have your pet treated at the same time you’re having your home treated. Talk to your vet about what is best. Your pest control professional will treat your home, but you’ll have to regularly treat your pet (and any new pets you bring home), while continuing to clear the clutter and cleaning on a regular basis.
Fleas can be a real problem for many, but with the right professional help (and some cleaning), you can keep the fleas out of your home!