When you have pets, sooner or later you’re going to encounter fleas. Whether it becomes a problem that overruns your house or not depends on how soon you take action and what steps you take. This guide to DIY Flea Control will help you eliminate these pests from your pet and home.
The Problem with Fleas
So why are these tiny bugs so dangerous? Not only is the sight of fleas crawling on your pet’s fur horrifying, fleas are also a health hazard. Pets bitten by fleas develop painfully itchy skin and fur, making them forcefully scratch themselves and eventually tearing their skin. These wounds can be infected with bacteria, causing illnesses. The fleas themselves can carry diseases such as tapeworms, bubonic plague and parvovirus. Even worse, fleas do not just stay on pets. They jump around from host to host and they can even bite humans, producing inflammation, pain and itchiness. Finally, when left untreated, fleas can rapidly multiply and overwhelm your home.
Signs of a Flea Infestation
Look for the following signs to check for the presence of fleas in your home and determine the extent of your problem:
- Pet scratching himself frequently
- Live fleas on your pet, particularly on the rear legs of your dog, and the head of your cat
- Flea droppings on your pet (These look a lot like ground black pepper)
- Flea droppings on the carpet or rugs
DIY Flea Control and Management
For the Flea treatment to be effective, the treatment needs to be done both on your pet animals and its surrounding environment. It is important to cleanse the environment of fleas in all its stages: eggs, larvae, pupae and adult fleas. Since pupae can lie in wait for months, waiting for a host, it’s not unheard of for new tenants to suddenly find themselves besieged with fleas from the previous tenant’s pet. Here are some tips to help you eradicate those fleas:
- Inspect your home for possible flea hiding places, like cracks in the floors, and possible hosts, such as rodents.
- Vacuum your carpet, rugs and floors regularly to remove the fleas, eggs, larvae and pupae concealed in your home. Be sure to empty the cleaner outdoors.
- Bathe your pets frequently. You can use water and regular pet shampoo, or you can choose flea shampoo. Afterwards, groom their fur using a flea comb.
- Wash your pet’s beds with hot water weekly and apply a flea treatment product.
- Consult your vet for flea powders or sprays for your pet.
- For long-lasting treatment and control, call professional exterminators. AIM Property Solutions has extensive knowledge and experience in controlling and managing various pests such as fleas, ants, spiders, cockroach, silverfish, rodents and wasps. We can pinpoint the source of your problem and take measures to eliminate these pests. Our processes and products have been proven effective and safe for your family and furry friends.
It may take a while to completely eradicate a flea infestation and you might even see fleas become more active right after applying the treatment. This is the intended effect as all the fleas and their offspring have to be driven out to be exterminated but they will gradually lessen in number in the next few days. And if you follow these guidelines for DIY Flea Control, you can discourage fleas from settling in your home again.