How to Prevent Fleas from Getting into Your House

How to Prevent Fleas from Getting into Your House

Fleas are tiny blood-sucking pests, and if we’re honest, just the thought of them makes us itch. They often get into homes on our pets or on an infested item we’ve unknowingly brought into the house. Once inside your home, they’ll feed on the blood of an animal or human host. They’ll then drop off the host and hide out in furniture, carpets, rugs, and between floorboards and lay eggs.

And believe us when we say, fleas lay a LOT of eggs. In a female flea’s lifetime, it can lay 2000 eggs. Eggs mature into larvae within days in the right conditions, so before you know it, your home could be infested.
So how do you stop the problem before it starts? Here’s how to prevent fleas from getting into your house.

Treat your pets for fleas regularly
If you have pets, you’re at risk of a flea infestation in your house. Get into the habit of treating them regularly for fleas. Speak to your vet about how often you can safely use the treatment on your cat or dog. If you suspect that your pet might have fleas, run a flea comb or brush through their fur and look for signs of fleas or flea activity. It’s a good idea to do this when your pet has been outside. Keep your pet well-groomed too, so that fleas are easier to spot.
As well as treating your pet, thoroughly treat and clean their bed, toys, and any blankets. Fleas and their eggs can drop off your pet and into areas of your home. Wash bedding and blankets at 60°C.

Keep your house clean
Having a flea infestation in your house doesn’t mean that your house is dirty, that’s a complete myth. However if you want to prevent fleas from getting into your house, it’s important to be vigilant when it comes to cleaning.
Vacuum regularly and thoroughly, making sure you get into all of the nooks and crannies where fleas and their eggs might be hiding out. This includes between floorboards, under furniture, under cushions, and anywhere your pets have been. After vacuuming, empty the bag or cylinder into your bin to make sure that no fleas or eggs have survived.

What if I already have a flea problem in my house?
If you’ve taken measures to prevent fleas from getting into your house, but they haven’t worked, you could try a DIY option.
If you’ve just noticed signs of flea activity in your home and you’re feeling a bit freaked out, try our Insectaclear C Flea Killer spray. It’s a professional strength, water-based product that’s safe to use around your home.

The only issue with fleas though, is that as we’ve mentioned, they are hard to see and they lay their eggs in places that a spray might not reach. You might kill the visible adult fleas and miss the eggs that are just waiting to hatch. In the meantime, the infestation gets worse.
The only way to guarantee the eradication of a flea infestation in your house is to call in professional pest control. We’ll treat the infestation fast and give you expert advice on how to prevent fleas from getting into your house again.

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