What do you get when you mix a wet spring with a warm summer? You get lots and lots of bugs. Like many pests around our area of the Ozarks, fleas thrive off of these types of environments. Their numbers can grow surprisingly fast and take over your home with a flea infestation in no time if not properly treated.
Here are some tips to help you get rid of fleas in your home and stop the itching!
START AT THE SOURCE
Fleas didn’t just infest your home overnight, and the best way to start killing off fleas is to find the source. If you have fleas in your yard and around your property, then it’s a good place to start. Each time you, a family member, or a pet go in and out of your home, fleas could be using you as a transport method to ride all the way to the comfort of your home.
Pets are perhaps the number one way in which fleas get into your home. And if you don’t have pets, they can still hitch a ride on humans as well. Trying to exterminate the fleas in your yard can be extremely difficult. You need to know what products attack fleas at what life stages, and you also need to have the time to apply the products. Let the professional and highly trained technicians at Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. take care of the outdoor pest issues. We know what products work best and help you save time and money in the long run.
TAKE TIME TO REMOVE FLEAS FROM YOUR PETS
For many of our pets, fleas seem to be a constant nuisance. Their bites cause itching and scratching, and in some pets, flea bites can even cause an allergic reaction. If you notice a flea on your dog or cat, it’s important to act fast. After a female flea has had a blood feast on your pet, it can lay up to fifty eggs. These eggs then fall into your carpet and furniture, hatch, and start the process all over again.
Talk with your vet before starting any treatments. They can suggest the best flea treatments for your pet’s size and lifestyle.
VACUUMING CAN HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FLEAS IN YOUR HOME
Fleas are tiny. Their size and ability to jump 4-5 feet horizontally make them almost impossible to see. And since they love hiding in the dark dense fibers of your carpet and furniture, vacuuming is one way to reduce the number of fleas in your home.
Make vacuuming part of your routine and always make sure to throw out the contents of the vacuum outside and away from your home.
WASH LAUNDRY IN HOT WATER TO HELP CUT DOWN THE NUMBER OF FLEAS
When it comes to killing off fleas, taking care of routine chores such as washing bedding can really help. Wash sheets and bedding in the hottest water you can. While it is true that fleas can survive being in water for a long time, the addition of detergent mixed with hot water should do the trick. And if you have pets, it’s also a good idea to wash their bedding on a regular basis.
CALL THE PROFESSIONAL FLEA EXTERMINATORS AT HOPPER
These are just a few tips to help reduce the number of fleas in and around your home. However, until they are killed off completely, the chances that they will return is high. Don’t let the cooler temps of fall and winter fool you into thinking that your flea problem has been solved. If fleas are in your home, they are nice and comfortable. In fact, flea eggs can wait out the cold weather and hatch in spring.
Whether you have a major issue now or you have just started to see one or two on your dog, give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call TODAY! Our two main locations are in Mountain Home and Springdale. However, we service areas all around including Fayetteville, Cotter, Flippin, Rogers, Bentonville, Mountain View, Bull Shoals, southern Missouri, and everywhere in between. Let Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. stop the itch and get your home back to normal.