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What to do if you have fleas

December 6th, 2017 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services

Fleas can be a tricky pest to get rid of, so this post is all about what to do if you have fleas and how to get rid of fleas in your home.

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The first step for what to do if you have fleas is treating the source

First and foremost, if you have already detected that you have fleas in your home, is to directly treat the source. For example, most people who get fleas in their home get them on their pets.

This means you should directly treat your pets to get rid of the major source of the fleas. This could include bathing your pets in flea removal shampoo, getting flea collars, or using medical flea treatments to kill fleas on your pets.

Treating the source is just the first step of what you should do if you have fleas because most likely, the fleas could have spread to other parts of your home beyond just being on your pets. Leaving fleas untreated in the home opens the door for them to reinvest the host pet. In some cases, fleas in the pupal state can lie dormant for months before coming out and finding your pet again.

Vacuum potential hideouts for fleas and their eggs

Many people think that vacuuming will fully get rid of fleas in their home. While vacuuming does go a long way, there are multiple things you can do to make it more effective for getting rid of fleas.

First off, you’ll want to thoroughly vacuum things that have been in contact with your pets if said pets were the source or carrier of the fleas. This could include things like pet beds, couches, beds, pillows, and basically anything your pets regularly contact. Keep in mind that fleas have amazing jumping power so some things simply near the path of the pet that they do not necessarily contact.

Also be sure to vacuum in hard to reach spaces such as under furniture, behind shelving, and under beds. These areas tend to be forgotten by most people, and fleas could have laid eggs or be living in these more obscure areas.

Another step you will want to take that can make your vacuuming more effective is to throw a flea collar into your vacuum bag. The vacuuming can cause fleas to become more active and can also cause their pupa stage to open.

Just because you vacuumed up the eggs, pupa, or adult fleas doesn’t mean that they are dead. Fleas can continue to grow and reproduce inside of vacuum bags so by adding in a flea collar to the bag you can kill off the fleas you vacuum up.

What to do if you have fleas and they won’t go away?

Some flea treatments only work on certain life-cycle stages of the fleas, so multiple treatments can often be needed. This could also require consistent vacuuming and several days or weeks of treating the source of fleas.

If you find yourself doing these treatments for fleas and are still having problems, we recommend having your home treated by a professional pest control service. The good news is that in most cases, getting rid of fleas can be handled on your own, but if you do find that all the steps you have been doing aren’t working, it is probably time to reach out to a pest control service.

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