When a flea infestation arises, it is easy to think that DIY suggestions from the internet can solve your problem. But many of the suggestions offered on the web are downright wrong. For instance, an application of vinegar to your rugs will leave you exhausted and provide no help at all in eliminating your flea problem. While vinegar can kill a flea that is soaked in it, spraying vinegar on your rugs isn't going to kill many fleas. And it won't kill any fleas that are in eggs or cocoons. On top of this, vinegar is only going to kill fleas while they are wet. Once it dries, those fleas won't be in any danger of extermination. Vinegar is only useful when it is applied to your pet. Fleas don't like the smell of vinegar. But we're here to tell you, this isn't enough to drive all the fleas off your pet. If they're hungry, they'll put up with the vinegar smell. DIY flea treatments can cost you a lot of money, leave you feeling tired and overwhelmed, and put your poor pets through the trauma of multiple baths that fail to get rid of tormenting pests. The better solution is to hire a licensed professional.
Why a professional? An educated and experienced professional understands a few important facts about fleas:
- Fleas are incredibly resilient pests. When they are inside their eggs, they are resistant to many chemicals that would otherwise kill them. Therefore, products must be residual—that is to say, they must continue to work long after the treatment has been applied. This will ensure that newly hatching fleas will not get the chance to hop onto your pets. It also means that any fleas that are currently on your pets will be in serious trouble when they jump off.
- Fleas have certain locations they tend to develop in. These areas must be addressed during the treatment. If a location is missed, the flea infestation will persist. Some examples of flea breeding sites are pet beds, couches, bedspreads, and areas of the house where cats or dogs commonly lay down.
- Fleas and rodents work together to create infestations. If you have mice or rats in your home, those furry critters will not only help fleas escape flea treatments, those animals will go out and pick up more fleas to bring into your home. Your pest professional can help you devise a plan to monitor rodent activity and capture rodents in your house and around the outside of your house.
When you hire a licensed professional to deal with your flea infestation, you're hiring a trained individual who employs field-tested products and strategies to eliminate fleas and stop the cycle of infestation. It isn't a guessing game. Flea control is a well-established science.
When you employ DIY flea control methods and products, many things can go wrong. Ineffective flea control, frustration, and ongoing infestation are the likely results. But it can be worse. Chemicals that are used to kill fleas can make you and everyone in your home sick.
Who should you call for a flea treatment in Houston?
All pest control companies are not created equal. If someone tells you they can take care of fleas, be sure to check them out first. You could be throwing your money right out the window.
At Modern Pest Control, we make it easy for customers to know they've found a pest control provider they can trust. Not only are our service team members licensed by the Texas Department of Agriculture and trained by the Food Industry Sanitation Auditors (FISA) and American Institute of Baking (AIB), they've put in the effort to earn the QualityPro seal of excellence from the National Pest Management Association. Only 2% of pest control companies in the United States have earned this distinction. That is saying something! So, when fleas infest your Houston home, Modern Pest Control is the right choice for a fast and effective resolution to your problem. Get started by requesting a free inspection. We'll come check out your problem and let you know what your options are. Then, from start to finish, you'll be guided through the process, which will include detailed flea treatment preparations to ensure the best chance of success.