Considering fleas are small bugs that are normally associated with your dog or cat, you may not place much importance on hiring an exterminator for flea prevention in and around your home. Using these exterminator-approved tips, you can reduce your risk of a flea infestation at home.
Focus On Pets First
If you have a dog, cat, or other furry animal in your home, they most likely will go outdoors to use the bathroom, exercise, and play. Fleas and other bugs may hop on your pet, hitching a ride into your house without you even realizing it.
Ensuring your pet is free of fleas before they enter the home is a great way to prevent infestations, but it is also virtually impossible to check your dog or cat for these pests each and every time they go outside.
To protect your pets (and home) from fleas, make sure to apply a topical flea and tick prevention onto their coats periodically. Your veterinarian can also prescribe an oral pill that will repel fleas and ticks from your pet. Taken monthly, this method is an effective method of reducing your pet and your home’s risk of fleas.
Maintain your Yard
An exterminator will also suggest maintaining your home and landscaping to protect your pet and home from fleas. Fleas, and other pests, enjoy making tall grass, weeds, and shrubbery home, so be sure to clean your yard up regularly. Mow the grass and trim shrubs periodically.
Consider adding beds of mulch around your home. Cedar is an attractive material that will improve your home’s curb appeal, but it is also capable of repelling fleas and other pests.
Clean your House
Walk around your home and inspect the foundation and crawlspace for cracks and fissures. These cracks allow moisture to come into your home, which is dangerous to your home’s construction, but damp, moist areas are also appealing to fleas and other pests. Use caulking or silicone to seal up these cracks.
Once you address the exterior issues, head indoors to make sure your home is clean. The immature stages of fleas, such as flea eggs, larvae, and pupae, can hide quietly in your carpet fibers waiting for the chance to jump onto you or your pets. Be sure to vacuum thoroughly every few days. If your vacuum uses bags, change the bags frequently. Clean out bagless canisters, as well.
Lastly, make sure to wash your pet bedding in hot water frequently. In most cases, the hot water will kill eggs and mature fleas.
A flea infestation can wreak havoc on your home and family’s lives, so it’s necessary to take precautionary steps to prevent an infestation of these small pests. To learn more about flea prevent and treatment, contact a professional exterminator from Safe Pro Pest in the Frisco, TX area at (972) 435-0700.
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