As the pet scratches to alleviate the itching from the irritating bites, the eggs that are on the animal are easily dispersed throughout the home.
The flea is a type of insect that feeds on the blood of its host. Animals and humans are equally susceptible to its bite. A stressful flea infestation can appear seemingly overnight.
Fleas typically make their way into the home by hitching a ride on the family pet. As the pet scratches to alleviate the itching from the irritating bites, the eggs that are on the animal are easily dispersed throughout the home. Flea bites are generally not painful. The bite resembles a single, raised mark on the skin that can become itchy and inflamed.
Flea prevention for both the yard and home can be difficult. Without having a proactive approach, any pet owner is vulnerable to a flea infestation. If you have a flea infestation, the first thing to do is to contact a professional pest control company for help.
Do You Suspect a Flea Infestation?
Due to their life cycle, they are not easily controlled by over-the-counter products. The best way to get rid of a flea infestation is by vacuuming persistently, having a treatment done with a long-lasting insecticide, and preventative treatments. If your pet has continuous flea problems, they should be treated and maintained with a vet-approved flea control product such as Frontline.
In addition to these steps, areas where your pet’s rest need to be vacuumed thoroughly or laundered. Some of the areas you should pay particular attention to include:
- Bedding – Both human and pet bedding needs to be laundered on the hottest possible setting.
- Rugs, floors, and furniture – Vacuum these areas daily and be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag or contents of the canister in an outside trash bin. Pay special attention to the areas where your pets rest the most.
- Dog houses or outside areas your pet rests – these locations harbor flea eggs, which makes it critical to keep your pets’ flea control methods maintained.
Professional Flea Treatment
After having professional flea treatments done, you will notice an immediate reduction of fleas in your home. However, it’s not uncommon to see more fleas within one to two weeks following the treatment. If you do see them, it’s because these fleas were in a pre-adult stage of development at the time of the first treatment and have not yet come into direct contact with the insecticide. But they should die within a few hours of coming into contact with the residual insecticide.
For more information on how to get ride of the fleas inside your home, contact B & D Pest Solutions LLC today.
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