Have you got fleas at your place? If you’ve already attempted to rid your home of fleas and haven’t been successful you may need to arrange a professional flea control treatment.
Don’t be too surprised fleas are one of the hardest insects for the householder to eradicate themselves due to their complex breeding cycle.
You may also be surprised to know that you don’t have to have pets in the house for a flea infestation to occur – adult fleas still at the cocoon stage can remain dormant in the cocoon for several months, particularly in carpet in an unoccupied home.
Any activity, including the arrival of new occupants, can drive the fleas to exit the cocoon in search of food.
If you do have pets, fleas may be a frequent problem but there are things you can do to help minimize the problem easily:
- Consult with your veterinary regarding the most effective methods of flea control for your pets;
- Take the necessary steps to drive away all the fleas that have chosen to reside in the bedding material being used by your pet.
- If the problem persists, you might as well dispose off of the old bedding and replace it but don’t do this until after you have taken steps to remove the fleas from your pets and from other areas in the home, or the new bedding may quickly become infested.
- If you used a vacuum cleaner on a flea-infested carpet, make sure to properly dispose off of the vacuum cleaner bag as fleas and eggs will be present
- Flea ‘bombs’ are available for purchase from any supermarket; however, they may not be an appropriate flea control solution if the problem is severe or has recurred despite this treatment.
- You should also think about extending your treatment to outdoor shady areas where your pets often spend time as these areas may be harbouring fleas.
- If you are having a problem with fleas it’s important to tackle the problem quickly. Fleas are more than a nuisance they are blood sucking parasites that are capable of transmitting tapeworm.
Fleas – where did they come from?
Fleas may have entered your home via any one of a number of means, even if your pets have never had fleas before, for example:
You may have brought bedding, carpet or other items into your home that contained flea eggs or cocooned adult fleas. Your pet may have sat or lay down in a place in your yard, at the local dog park, or elsewhere where fleas were present;
If you don’t have a pet, the previous occupant of your new home may have had one. Of course, how they got there may not be your biggest concern at this point! If you’re being eaten alive, speak to your local pest controller about professional flea control.
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