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by Jason Neale
Fleas and ticks primarily come from the pets in your home. If you notice your pet dog scratching like crazy, that is a good indication that it has been hosting fleas in its fur. This is bad for your dog as it may get rashes and wounds from the pest’s bites. Fleas and ticks would also bite people living in the house. Usually, the most affected are children and babies. These pests are a total nuisance and have to be prevented or controlled, if they have reached a huge population.
Clean Your Home
The first and most important part of ridding your home of fleas and ticks is the cleaning of the house, especially those areas that are directly affected by the flea invasion. Hot wash the pet’s sleeping mats as well any linens and beddings that have come in contact with the pet. The most vulnerable furnishing would be the carpets and upholstery in your living room. Fleas and ticks love hiding in the fibres of these furnishings, so they have to be sucked out using a powerful vacuum cleaner.
Give Your Pets a Medicated Bath
The pet needs to be washed clean and treated of ticks and fleas. There are medicated pet shampoos designed to remove and prevent the breeding of fleas and ticks on your pets. They have to be kept clean all the time to stop the pest problem and to avoid recurrence of the infestation.
Dealing with Flea Infestation at Home
If there is already an ongoing flea and tick infestation in your home, it is best to get the help of a licensed pest control service to control the population of these pests. A good pest removal company would be skilled in finding all areas that are likely breeding places for fleas and ticks. What should be eliminated are not only the adult pests, but their offspring as well. The eggs and larvae need to be found to completely remove the pests from the house. They could be hiding in small cracks and crevices in the walls or floorings. The search and destroy team of the pest control service should be able to cover all these areas. A final spray should also be applied to these hiding places to keep the pests away for many months.
In cleaning the home to remove the fleas and ticks, it must be remembered that these pests love moisture. Upholstery and carpet fabrics should be dried completely after cleaning so that they will not attract new groups of fleas and ticks. These furnishings have to be cleaned regularly for maintenance. Prevention after the pest removal process is important to keep the house safe from any unwanted pests.