Homeowners Guide To Flea Prevention
It’s that time of the year again when we all have to get prepared to battle the fleas. Not only are fleas a problem for St. Louis pets, but they can also leave us humans feeling miserable with bites and an infested home. Many believe that if they don’t have a cat or dog then they are exempt from any flea problems and although they may be at lesser risk, fleas have no trouble invading a pet free home. Thankfully there are measures that homeowners can implement to prevent fleas from taking over this summer.
There are many species of fleas that can infest homes, cat fleas are just one common invader. Adult fleas are very small, only about half of an inch long, with a flattened body and an ability to jump high. In the case of an infestation you may start to see fleas jumping up from your carpet or pets bed. You can also identify an infestation if you begin to find yourself getting bit on a regular basis with itchy, red bites.Not only do fleas leave painful and itchy bites on you and your pets but they are also capable of spreading diseases such as plague and murine typhus.
Here is a homeowner's guide to preventing and controlling flea infestations this year:
- If you have cats and/or dogs make sure that they are treated regularly with a flea treatment from the veterinarian’s office. Many store bought treatments are not as effective and could leave you with major flea problems.
- Vacuum your home regularly. Make sure to get places such as under couches, under beds, and in areas where you or your pets spend a lot of time. Regular vacuuming will help to get rid of eggs and even live fleas so they have a lesser chance of continuing their life cycle.
- Wash linens and clean upholstered furniture regularly to get rid of fleas and their eggs.
- At the first sign of flea bites or fleas jumping up off your carpet, contact your local pest control company before you are left with a major flea problem.
Unfortunately do-it-yourself flea treatments are not always effective in getting rid of fleas. Many times once you have seen fleas it means you have a much larger problem then you know. Fleas can lay 4 to 8 eggs after each blood meal and 400 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. This could mean huge problems when the eggs begin to hatch, fleas multiply quickly! So in order to save yourself the misery of flea bites it is important to call in the pros.
Preventative measures alone are not always enough to combat the fleas so for those living in St. Louis and Mid Missouri who are experiencing flea problems, please contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today! Our effective home pest control solutions will leave you and your home free from the threat of flea infestations.