Have you noticed fleas on your pet recently? If so, you should definitely be concerned—studies show the fleas you find on your pet are only about five percent of the total flea population you have in your home, so if your pet has been affected, the rest of your home is probably also dealing with an infestation, and it’s likely only a matter of time until this becomes very apparent.
Fleas often lay their eggs and hatch their larvae deep inside carpet and furniture fibers, and your pet’s bed could also be a big breeding ground. And these are just the obvious places where fleas could be living.
The longer you wait to deal with your problem, the more difficult they will be to get rid of. Therefore, it’s important to take action as soon as possible to protect your pet, your home and your family.
Here are a few tips about pet control in Bartlesville, OK that will help you avoid a flea infestation in your home this spring.
Address your pet
There is a wide variety of products that both prevent fleas from grabbing on to your pet and also kill any fleas that have already latched on. There are monthly chewable tablets, for example, that can be extremely useful in helping to keep your pet protected against these pets, especially if it spends a lot of time outside.
Exterminate fleas inside and outside of your home
Sweep up any tiles or wooden floors, vacuum all carpets, rugs and furniture, and then get ready for extermination. A good first step is to use anti-pest carpet sprays on your carpets and upholstery. Keep in mind that fleas especially love dark places, so make sure to spray inside crevices and underneath furniture.
You might also consider fogging your house. Some of these foggers will be effective for up to seven months, which means they’ll kill fleas in every life stage. Depending on the size of your home, you may need several fogging applications.
Finally, spray your yard with an anti-pest product to make sure your property repels fleas before they can become an issue to them and your home.
Perform a deep cleaning of your home
After you’ve taken the steps needed to kill any fleas that are already present in your home, you should perform a thorough deep cleaning to finish eradicating the problem, to remove any flea remnants and to prevent them from coming back.
Throw out the vacuum bag every time you vacuum, just in case flea eggs have gotten inside. You don’t want to give them a comfortable, dark place to hatch.
Sweep up and mop all floors and vacuum all carpets. Wash your pet’s bedding and toys and anything else that might have been exposed to a flea infestation, such as area rugs or blankets. You must use hot water when washing these items.
For more information about preventative measures that will keep the fleas at bay this spring, contact our team for pest control in Bartlesville, OK.