Fleas are a menace in any household with pets. Not only do they cause beloved pets discomfort with their painful, itchy bites, but they also carry parasites like tapeworms that can make pets seriously ill. A whole-house flea infestation can occur when fleas aren't controlled swiftly. When they take over a house, just walking over carpeted areas can be treacherous to anyone who doesn't want their feet and legs covered in itchy bites. If your home is full of fleas, you and your pets don't have to suffer. You can eliminate the infestation by combining several flea control techniques in one fell swoop.
Pet Flea Treatments
Although fleas will live in carpets and bite humans in a pinch, they prefer to live on cats, dogs, and other furry creatures. If you have multiple pets at home, you can start to kill off some of the fleas by treating each of your pets with a monthly flea treatment. Look for a flea treatment that kills adult fleas, larvae, and eggs. These treatments are typically applied to a pet's skin, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream. After the treatment is absorbed, the animal's blood becomes toxic to the fleas. Even if they survive for a day after ingesting the toxic blood, any eggs they lay will never hatch. By interrupting the flea lifecycle with these treatments, you can significantly reduce the number of fleas in your home.
If fleas are breeding in your carpets or furniture, simply treating your pets isn't going to remove the infestation. Every time a flea bites a person instead of a pet, it can lay perfectly viable eggs, continuing the flea lifecycle. To control these fleas, pest control professionals apply interior pesticides that kill fleas at all stages of their lifecycle. These chemicals come in powder or spray forms, and professionals typically apply them all over carpets. They may also apply them underneath furniture cushions. You can find these pesticides for a do-it-yourself pest control treatment, but if you choose to go this route, try to spread the chemicals evenly across your floors. Fleas may hide behind baseboards, so don't neglect to cover the edges and corners of each room.
If your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, treating the interior of your home may not be enough to eliminate an infestation. Your yard may need a pesticide treatment, too. Pest control professionals treat flea-infested yards with high-potency pesticides designed for outdoor use only. They may ask you questions about where your pets spend their time outside and prioritize spraying those areas. If you only have a small yard, they may simply spray the entirety of your outdoor space. By stopping fleas from breeding on your property at all, you can prevent fleas from ever coming inside your home again.
To learn more about flea control, contact a pest control professional in your area.