Even though fleas thrive in a warm and humid environment, they can be a bother all year-round, especially for pet owners. The reason behind this is that most homeowners or pet owners do not know how to effectively prevent or get rid of fleas. They eventually give up on their fruitless efforts. Below you will learn how to effectively deal with fleas.
Why Do You Need to Control Fleas?
In human beings, fleas can lead to flea allergy dermatitis (FAD). They can also lead to intestinal tapeworms and the transmission of various diseases. You may find rashes on your skin and heavy infestations may lead to iron deficiency anemia.
In pets, fleas cause irritation, and severe itchiness meaning your pet will not have a comfortable livelihood.
The Life Cycle of Fleas
To be able to understand how to control fleas, you have to understand their life cycle. There is the egg stage, larvae stage, pupa stage and adult stage. What people fail to know is that insecticides or pesticides are most effective for the adult stage and you need to apply other measures for the egg, larvae and pupa stage. You may spray insecticide or pesticide and think you have dealt with the situation. Within a couple of days, fleas will be back. Why? You left eggs, larvae and pupas.
How to Control Fleas Effectively
The process will involve deep cleaning of every inch of your home, some areas more than others.
You will start with your pet as she or he is most likely the source. Give your pet a thorough bath. You can use safe pet detergents. After the bath, dry and vacuum him or her. After vacuuming, spray him or her with a pet-safe flea spray. If you are not sure what detergent or flea spray to use, your vet will be in a position to recommend safe and effective ones. After your pet is clean, you need to place him or her someplace clean as you have not cleaned your home yet. You can use his or her carrier after cleaning it.
You can now clean your house room by room. Start with the pet room if you have one, followed by the sitting room and then the bedroom. What you want to do is use a strong suction vacuum first. This will ensure you get all eggs, larvae and pupas that lie deep inside unreachable areas. You want to get the carpets mostly and clothing as well. After vacuuming, clean up with water, detergent and a cloth and mop to make sure you do not leave anything after vacuuming. When your house is all clean, you can spray both human- and pet-safe flea spray.
If you have a yard, you will need to do the same. The vacuum will need to be emptied and cleaned as well. Remember all the eggs, larvae and pupas are in there. If you are still having issues with fleas on your property, contact a pest control company that offers flea control services.