Fleas are mainly associated with pets, and many feel that proper preventative treatments for their cat or dog are sufficient in stopping the problem. However, fleas are more indiscriminate about where they get their food than many people realize. They feed on blood and will attach to any bird or mammal — including humans — for sustenance. If given the proper conditions to infiltrate and infest a home, they can become a major irritation in just a few days.
Although hiring an exterminator is the surest way to thoroughly rid your home of fleas, there are some methods of treatment homeowners can take when they see the first signs of an infestation. Here are a few effective ways to treat your home for fleas.
Deep Clean to Prevent Flea Growth
Fleas can lay dozens of eggs every day. Their small size allows them to build their nests in small crevices and tight spaces so extensive cleaning is necessary to disrupt their living conditions. Start by using a strong vacuum cleaner on your upholstery, furniture, carpet, flooring, and even your mattress — anywhere that fleas can burrow in. Rubbing baking soda into the carpet can elevate the effectiveness of this measure as well. Always dispose of the vacuumed debris outside and away from the home to prevent surviving fleas from coming back. You can then take it a step further with a steam cleaning, as fleas have particular problems handling high temperatures and soap. This step is essential if you have pets that lie down around the home. Wash or dispose of any bedding or clothing from the affected areas.
Use Home Remedies and Flea-Killing Chemicals
After the initial cleaning, continue treating your home with spray applications. If you swear by all-natural pest treatments, you can make a solution of vinegar or lemon and put it in a spray bottle for use in flea hot spots. Chemical insecticides are generally considered the most powerful flea killers but make sure you get both an adulticide and an insect growth regulator to kill eggs and larvae. Going the chemical route can raise health and safety concerns, especially for children, the elderly, and pets so talk to a professional if you’re unsure of the best practices.
Proper prevention and efficient extermination of flea infestations are vital to saving you valuable time and money. For nearly 50 years, our team at Venice Pest Control has been proud to serve our communities in Charlotte and Sarasota counties, providing education and quality service for any pest-related need. Contact us today for more information on effective flea prevention techniques or to schedule an appointment with one of our dedicated professionals.