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by Jason Neale
Pets and Fleas
Your pet is most likely the culprit of flea infestation in your home. Flea infestation is an icky and nasty problem that can take several weeks to solve. Aside from irritating your pets, fleas can also pester the human hosts with annoying bites.
Fleas thrive on warm and humid conditions, so they are not exclusively a seasonal problem. Managing flea infestation requires diligence and patience as it could take several weeks before fleas are totally eliminated. To control the fleas that have invaded your home, you need to deal with the four stages of a flea’s life cycle. This is the only effective method of managing flea infestation in your home.
Solving the Problem
The problem can be addressed by a systematic cleaning of the home if the infestation is caught at a very early stage. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove flea eggs, larvae, pupae and adult fleas, paying particular attention to the sleeping area for your pet, as well as all cracks and crevices where fleas could be hiding. Also make sure that your cleaning efforts are not for naught, by properly disposing of the vacuum bag in the dustbin. Follow the vacuum cleaning with spraying a household insect killing solution in your pet’s sleeping area. It would be best to use environmentally friendly products so as to prevent any harmful health effects on your pets and the household members.
If the infestation is already widespread that the people living in the home are already being bitten by fleas, it is time to consider getting the help of a professional pest control service. A high quality pest controller will have the skill and experience to use the correct solutions and equipment to eliminate the fleas from your home. If your various do-it-yourself pest control methods fail, contracting a pest control company would be cheaper in the long run.
Preventing Recurrence of Flea Infestation
To prevent a recurrence of flea infestation, always keep your pet clean and keeping them away as much as possible from long grasses, wooded areas and high animal population where they can easily pick up fleas and other parasites. If you see your pet scratching more than usual, treat this as a sign that your pet may have fleas. There are products that help prevent and/or treat fleas. For severe cases of flea outbreak in your pet, consult a veterinarian.
The possibility that you cat or dog may inadvertently bring fleas into your home should not discourage your from having a pet. Taking proper care of your pet should ensure that you will enjoy a flea-free home.