Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of animals. They are found not only in animals but also in humans. They can cause itching and illness if left untreated. Many homeowners do not realize they have a problem until it becomes obvious (through symptoms such as itching, bites and scratching) because fleas live off the host's blood for about three weeks before laying their eggs.
Typically, people who own pets suffer from infestations of fleas either at home or where they go to work. There are several things you can do to avoid problems with these tiny creatures throughout the year. First, learn how to prevent fleas in your house before learning what steps you should take next.
Before purchasing any product, find out what's safe for your pet and whether or not it's safe for children and adults who live in the house as well. The best way to prevent fleas is to treat clothing, animals, homes and yards before they have a chance to become a problem. Here are three ways to prevent fleas in your house.
1. Vacuum and Dust Your House Regularly.
Sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and dusting your house regularly will help keep fleas out of your home. In addition to a regular vacuum cleaner, vacuum your carpets every few days with a steam cleaner, too, as both methods will help suck up fleas and eggs.
It is important to keep fleas off your carpet, as they like to make their home there. Doing this regularly will ensure that the eggs and larvae don't settle in for the long term.
If after sweeping, mopping, vacuuming and dusting you still see fleas hopping by you, call Germantown Pest Control & Termite.
2. Wash Your Bedding.
Wash all of your bedding at least once a week–including pet beds. While washing doesn't kill fleas, it prevents them from invading areas where food sources are available–namely, areas near humans and pets.
When you’ve washed your bedding and the fleas keep popping up, Germantown Pest Control & Termite’s Residential Services is here.
3. Keep Your Pets Clean.
As much as possible, keep your pets clean by giving them regular baths because this will keep the number of fleas down, too. Bathing or grooming them weekly will remove any bugs hiding in their fur. If you feel pressed for time, use a flea comb and brush instead.
If you have cats, do not use products that contain petroleum distillates, as these substances can be harmful to them if they lick them. If you can't give a bath to your cat, then brush them frequently.
Do not let your pets sleep with you or lay on sofas and chairs around the house because these are common places for adult fleas to breed. If your dog sleeps in your bedroom, keep them out until after you have checked them thoroughly for any signs of bugs.
If you’ve tried all of these steps and still find yourself with fleas, contact Germantown Pest Control & Termite today.