How to Control Fleas
Fleas are a big problem for animals and humans. We have written a guide on how to control fleas and prevent fleas from invading your life or your pet’s life.
What Are the Signs of a Flea Infestation?
Fleas manifest on us as humans or on the pet in always the same way. Continuous bites that are clustered are normal signs on humans and pets that are biting or scratching around the mouth, tummy, and neck areas. These are common signs of flea infestation.
Flea infestations that are very heavy leave traces for us to identify. If you open the dog or cat fur you should see black sand like debris, the debris is in fact feces. In severe cases, if the animal has white fur, it is possible to see red, brown areas where the fleas have sucked blood.
If you look closely, you can see the fleas running between the hair. They should be visible in the pet’s bedding, carpets or in the kennel.
If you suspect that you have fleas, it is imperative that you act as fast as possible. A flea infestation can rapidly expand, and it can become a noticeably big problem in a short amount of time.
How Can a Flea infestation be controlled
The first step is to get your pet to the vet. The vet has a host of products suited to your pet’s size and depending on your level of infestation treatment actions may vary. The longer you wait the more the chance of serious illness. Wash the pet beds and if the infestation is throughout the house, wash all bedding and vacuum the carpets daily.
Pest Managers recommend a thorough pesticide spray treatment for the entire inside and outside of the house. All carpets and skirtings must be sprayed. All sandy areas, areas with cracks and pet shelters must be thoroughly sprayed. Depending on the level of infestation a follow-up might be required.
How Can I Stop Fleas from Entering My Home or Business?
Prevention is much easier than treatment. If your office has carpets a monthly treatment would be a wise cause of action. Large offices are prone to flea infestations because they have huge carpets and many people coming from many locations bringing in fleas on random occasions. If you have a home with pets that socialize on a regular basis, it is wise to get treatment every 6 months.