Flea Invasion! How to Get Rid of Fleas in your Home
Fleas breed fast. They spread diseases and they terrorise your pets, and you. A flea invasion in your home is not just unpleasant. So what can you do about it? Here’s how to get rid of fleas in your home.
How Do Fleas Get In?
First things first, how do you even get a flea infestation in your home in the first place? Well fleas feed on blood to survive, so they need a host. They prefer animal hosts so they can catch a ride in on your pet’s fur. From there, the fleas lay eggs which then drop onto your carpet where they soon hatch. One egg can soon become a population of hundreds or even thousands of fleas!
But don’t think your home is safe from a flea infestation if you don’t have a pet. Fleas can get into your home on your clothing and on second-hand items of furniture. They can also get in on other people’s pets.
How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home
We always say that prevention is better than cure when it comes to keeping your home free from fleas. Try these flea prevention tips:
· Remove bird feeders and uncovered pet food from your garden-reason being, they attract wildlife like foxes and pigeons that carry fleas. Once fleas are in your garden, they can easily make the short journey into your home.
· Keep your garden tidy-fleas can hide out in long grass then hitch a ride into your home on your pet.
· Vacuum your home thoroughly and regularly, getting into all those forgotten nook and crannies.
· Wash pet bedding often.
What If There Are Already Fleas in My Home?
If you’ve seen signs of fleas in your home, here’s the plan of action you need to follow:
· Treat your pet to kill fleas;
· Vacuum your home thoroughly. That doesn’t just include carpets and rugs, but furniture and curtains too. Empty the hoover in a bin bag and take it to an outside bin;
· Wash clothes, bed sheets, cushion covers, and any pet bedding on the hottest possible wash to kill any eggs and larvae;
· Call Contego. Flea infestations are notoriously hard to treat yourself. Fleas themselves are tiny and so are their eggs. Flea eggs are about the size of a grain of rice. Even if you do manage to kill the visible fleas, there might be tonnes of eggs buried in your rugs, carpet, and in between your floorboards.
Our expert technicians understand the flea lifecycle and behaviour, and they have the products and know-how to put an end to an infestation fast. Not only that, they’ll give you the best advice on how to prevent a re-infestation.
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