How-To Get Rid of Fleas
Home remedies for fleas don’t always work, and can end up being more time-consuming and costly than you may think. This guide walks you through how to get rid of fleas with the help of a professional pest control company, as well as how to prevent them from returning.
1. Locate the source of the flea infestation.
More often than not, fleas inside the home occur as a result of pet bringing them inside. They could have picked these up from your yard, from playing with other animals or from a boarding facility. With fleas, you have to treat the source first.
2. Treat your pets for fleas and consider preventative flea control.
Use a flea comb and bathe your pets with a flea shampoo, or call a groomer and explain the issue. Also consider speaking with your vet about preventative flea control medication for pets that will be outside often. To devise the best plan of action for your getting rid of fleas on your pets, you should consult your vet or groomer.
3. Prepare your home for flea treatment.
Flea control doesn’t stop at treating your pets - your home needs to be treated for fleas and eggs that have buried their way into your carpet and other hard to reach areas. Be sure to sweep and vacuum your home before treatment, declutter as best you can so there is less for the fleas to hold on to, mow your lawn to minimize hiding spots for fleas in the yard and dispose of any items that are heavily infested.
4. Hire a professional pest control company to treat your home.
Working with a professional pest control company is your best bet for eliminating a flea infestation successfully. Inform your exterminator about where your pet sleeps, eats and plays to make sure they have a good understanding of the flea source.
5. Maintain your home after the flea treatment.
Be sure to clean your home regularly to prevent fleas and other pest infestations. Keeping your animals on flea prevention medicine is also key to preventing a future flea problem. If you continue to deal with fleas or notice their eggs after extermination, follow up with the pest control company for further treatments.