August 07, 2019
Summer may be nearing an end, but it doesn’t mean flea problems in the Sugarland area will be going away on their own any time soon. Did you know that not everyone who has pets can still end up with fleas in their home? It’s true. Rodents carry fleas and can bring them into your home if they get inside. Another way is if you have been to someone else’s home or around their pets that had fleas and they came into your home on your clothing. The third possible way of getting fleas, besides from your own pets bringing them inside, is bringing clothing, furniture or other items into your home that are already infested with fleas in any of their life stages.
How Can I Prevent Fleas?
There are a few things you can do to help protect your home and pets:
Inspect secondhand or used items you bring into your home, such as furniture, rugs, etc. to be sure they do not have signs of fleas or other pests such as cockroaches.
Keep your grass trimmed and vegetation cut back to help avoid attracting wildlife. Deer, mice and other wildlife can bring fleas to your yard.
If you walk your pet, avoid walking your dog through tall grass.
Examine your pets for fleas after they come in from outside. Consider using a flea shampoo on your pets when you bathe and groom them.
Talk with your veterinarian to determine the best flea control products to use for your pets.
Wash your pets bedding regularly.
Vacuum carpet and upholstery frequently to reduce the number of fleas and their eggs hiding. Empty the vacuum cleaner bag in an outside trash receptacle.
Mistakes to Avoid
Allowing pets to romp and roll around in the yard can be fun for your pet, but it also increases their risk of picking up fleas and ticks. Do not leave cat or dog food outside because it might attract wildlife and rodents which can also carry fleas and ticks that might spread to your pets. It is also best to not put food out for wildlife or have any water sources that they will be drawn to. Some of the pests that can be drawn to the wildlife or your property can spread disease.
Over-the-counter products may not kill fleas in all four stages of life (egg, larva, pupae and adult). It is important to be careful because not all products sold in retail stores or online are safe. For example, insect foggers have been known to cause illness in pets and humans if breathed in. If you inhale the fumes, you can have anything from nose and throat irritation, to difficulty breathing, dizziness, vomiting, headaches and other symptoms. There have also been cases of explosions that resulted from the use of bug bombs, also known as foggers.
While over the counter and DIY methods can be overwhelming and scary, fleas are a problem that need to be dealt with and it is important to kill fleas in all four life cycles. Once they reach the adult stage, they can multiple rapidly.
There Must Be a Better Way
There is! At Modern Pest Control, we take several steps to eradicate flea infestations so that homeowners have a complete resolution, not a temporary solution. No one wants to waste time, effort and money to fix a problem to only have it quickly resurface. We offer a 60-day warranty to ensure homeowners can have peace of mind knowing we will make sure your flea problem is eradicated. Modern Pest Control offers real solutions backed by our guarantee. Contact us today!