EARLY FLEA PREVENTION STEPS
Fleas, fleas, everywhere! They can be so frustrating. For the most part, pets are responsible for flea infestations, but you can also get them if you don’t have any pets at all. They can travel on people, clothing, shoes, and other personal items. So beware, if you enter a flea-infested home you could end up bringing fleas home with you.
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How Do Fleas Get Into My House?
Fleas can jump onto both animals and humans to feast on blood. They can then lay up to 40 eggs a day! The eggs, combined with dried up flea feces, will eventually fall off their host and will be deposited around your home in beds, carpets, furniture, and pet bedding. It will only take a few days for the eggs to hatch and the flea larva to eat the flea dirt. The larva will then molt a few times before spinning a cocoon to bring them to their full pupal stage. They generally wait until a warm-blooded host is available before emerging and beginning the process all over again. Over and over again in one continuous mad cycle. Once this happens, the fleas will be difficult to get rid of as their population swells.
Early flea prevention is extremely important in order to protect your New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Eastern Shore of Maryland home. Spring is right around the corner, and although you may be happy about the disappearing snow and warmer weather, many pests are also warming up and becoming much more active. Although fleas can be active all year long, they are most active during the spring and summer months. Once they get inside your NJ, PA, MD, or DE home, they flourish in the ideal conditions provided here for them all year long.
How Can I Prevent Fleas From Getting Inside?
Start protecting your home and family by taking the following prevention steps:
- Make sure your pets are treated regularly with a veterinarian-approved flea preventative.
- Thoroughly clean or launder pet bedding on a regular basis.
- Keep an eye out for fleas and flea bites on pets and humans.
- Vacuum your carpets regularly.
- Wash all of your clothing in hot water and dry on high heat if you have been exposed to fleas.
When it comes down to it, fleas are difficult to get rid of. Professional treatment for a flea infestation and prevention is the best option to maintain a flea-free home. NJ, PA, MD, or DE residents can call on the experts at Viking Pest Control. We will get rid of fleas and eggs in and around your home. Our year-round prevention can keep fleas and other common pests from becoming a problem. Call us today to find out more about the many ways we can assist you with your flea and pest problems.