Creepy crawlers are simply inevitable in any home. Whether we are talking about ants, rodents, fleas, or other insects, at some point they will invade your house and you will need to do something about it.
Fleas, in particular, can be pesky. They can affect kids, pets, and even adults. But getting rid of them is actually not that hard, especially if you know what to do.
In this post, we will break everything down for you so that your flea problem is gone once and for all.
What Causes Fleas?
Before we start looking at some of the things you can do to get rid of fleas, it is important to, first of all, explore some of the reasons that may lead to a flea infestation in your home.
Adult fleas can generally lay up to 50 eggs in one single day and will have a lifespan of over 100 days. This gives them plenty of time to lay many eggs. However, to survive that long, fleas will need a hospitable host where they can get nourished.
The most common host will, of course, be animals. In case you have pets at home, they are likely going to be the main carriers of flee. Also, don’t forget to watch out for neighborhood dogs and other stray animals that may have come to your property.
Fleas thrive in warm and humid climates. They love to stay away from direct sunlight as well.
As you start to inspect, pay extra attention to shaded areas in the yard and inside the house. Dog houses and other animal enclosures outside should also be checked carefully.
How Do You Know You Have a Flea Infestation?
There are some easy signs that can help you know whether you are infected with fleas or not. But, the moment you spot one or two fleas, it’s the clearest indication that there might actually be others hidden somewhere.
In that case, it is always advisable to do a thorough inspection of the entire house as soon as you spot the first flea.
Getting Rid of Fleas
The first thing you need to do is to take care of your pets. As we have already stated above, pets tend to be the most likely carriers of fleas.
Start by inspecting the pet while combing through their hair with a fine comb.
Once you spot any adult fleas, dip them into soapy hot water.
Give the pet a proper bath using shampoo to make sure all the eggs are destroyed.
Once you have taken care of the pet, it’s time to also take care of the entire home.
You simply have to assume that the pet may have spread the eggs all over the house. Deep cleaning the bedding should be a good start. Make sure that all the furniture has been vacuumed as well. It is also important to note that the vacuuming should be repeated every day for at least ten days.
This is the only sure way of getting rid of all the eggs and larvae. In case you have a heavily carpeted house, it may take longer to deal with the issue.
A good strategy would be to vacuum the carpets for ten good days. Finish this up with some steam cleaning for a few days. It is also important to know when to call in an expert.
If for some reason you have followed the tips above and you still don’t seem to get rid of these pesky insects, an expert will be needed. Pest control professionals will have drastic measures up their sleeves that will deal with the issue once and for all.