Fleas are house guests that you do not want; once they get into your home and start to reproduce they can become a major problem. It’s important to recognise that you have an issue with fleas as soon as possible, and to take action to deal with the problem.
Adult fleas feed on the blood of mammals, and they will normally enter your home as the result of feeding. They prefer to dine off a host with hair, which could include one of your pets, or a wild pest, such as a mouse, that has entered your home. It is possible to attempt to treat a flea problem yourself, or you can seek advice from resources such as vegas-pestcontrol.com. We are going to take a look at some of the actions you should take, and when you should call in the professionals.
How do you know you have fleas in your home?
It’s important to recognise when fleas have invaded your property. Sometimes you may be able to spot adult fleas jumping, especially when they have not eaten for a while, and they are actively seeking a food source. Fleas are tiny though, so the first sign you may notice is if one of your pets starts to scratch as a result of flea bites. Sometimes you may also be bitten which can create itchy areas on your skin. If you notice dark specks in your pet’s bed or on their bedding, this could be flea faeces. If you are in any doubt about identifying fleas in your home it may be a good idea to seek an expert opinion.
What action should you take to get rid of fleas?
One of the most important things to do when there are fleas around is to clean your home. You should wash any pet bedding, or items your pet has been in contact with, in a washing machine on a hot setting. A 20 minute wash should kill off any flea activity.
Next it’s important to vacuum your home. You should make sure that you include any less accessible cool or humid areas, where fleas are likely to feel at home. You should also vacuum all upholstery. Before vacuuming it’s a good idea to spread salt, Borax or baking soda on carpets, as this will dry out any flea eggs that are lying deep in the carpet. Be careful if you have pets that they don’t walk on this area and then lick their paws, as they could become ill.
You will also, of course, need to wash your pet. You can use a treatment from the veterinarian or pet store, or you can make your own using some fresh rosemary leaves and water which can be boiled for thirty minutes, at which point you can discard the leaves and mix the liquid with some warm water to wash your pet. Once the animal is dry you should use a flea comb to get rid of any stubborn fleas.
What sort of treatments can you use to get rid of fleas?
If you want to adopt natural solutions to get rid of fleas there are several you can use; here are a few:
- Fill dishes with warm water and dishwashing liquid, and place a tea candle in the center. Fleas are attracted to the light, become trapped in the liquid and die.
- After vacuuming sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth in areas where you think there may be fleas. This has an adverse effect on their hard shells, and causes them to die.
- Mix essential oils such as citronella oil, tea tree oil, geranium oil and lemongrass oil with a gallon of warm water, and mop the floors of your home.
When should you call the professionals?
If you are having difficulties identifying if you have a flea problem in your home then you should seek professional advice. You should also speak to a pest control expert if you are having problems resolving the issue. They will speak to you about the problem, and create a plan to rid your home of any flea problem, and turn it back into a healthy and pest free zone.