As the summer season brings a dramatic increase in the number of fleas outside you may think it’s inevitable that these tiny pests will make their way inside your home, especially if you have pets. However, there are several steps you can take to prevent a summer flea infestation in your Georgia home. Taking steps to prevent fleas in your home also reduces your risk of exposure to the diseases these pests carry.
Read on for some top tips summer from Healthy Home Pest Control for preventing fleas from taking over your home this summer. Also, be sure to give us a call at 770-505-9040 if you see any signs of a flea infestation.
Check Your Pets for Fleas and Take Preventative Measures
Fleas most commonly make their way inside your home by hitching a ride on your pet dog or cat. If flea eggs make their way from your pet’s fur to the upholstered or carpeted surfaces of your home, it won’t be long until you have an infestation. This is why it is very important to make sure your animal is protected against fleas. Your veterinarian will have information on different types of flea prevention and can recommend one that is safest and most effective for your pet. You should also regularly check your pet for any signs of fleas.
Vacuum Carpeted Surfaces in Your Home Regularly
Even if your pet has carried eggs into your home, you can help prevent a full-blown infestation by regularly vacuuming all carpeted areas. Once flea eggs are in your home it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for them to hatch. Once hatched, the eggs produce larvae that will spin cocoons and then wait for a host, like your pet, to attach to before developing into adult fleas. The vacuum will not be able to pick up adult fleas so it is very important to vacuum as regularly as possible to pick up any flea eggs that may have been carried inside.
Flea Proof Your Yard as Much as Possible
The most effective way to prevent fleas outside, as much as possible, is to treat the areas outside where your pet is most often located. Some of these include the areas near the pet’s food and water bowls, around the dog house, and along the fence. Another preventative measure you can take outside is to remove any type of debris, including old leaves and brush, from around your home.
Be on the Lookout for Signs of Fleas
While tiny fleas can be difficult to spot, there are some signs of infestation that you can keep an eye out for. Some of these include:
- Your pet scratching more than normally
- Fleas in your pet’s bedding
- Finding black or red flecks that do not move
- Noticing dark flecks that move
- Small and itchy red bumps on your skin
- Reddened skin and possible hair loss on your pet
Call Healthy Home Pest Control if Your Home Has Fleas
If you think fleas have made their way inside your home this summer contact the experts at Healthy Home Pest Control as soon as possible by calling 770-505-9040 or completing our convenient online form. Our technicians will thoroughly inspect and treat your home, by spraying all floor coverings, to quickly eliminate the flea infestation.