The home is where the heart is, so the saying goes. Because it is where people start and end their day, it is imperative that the home be as pleasant as possible to enhance the well-being of people living there. But it can easily be infested by pests such as fleas.
Fleas are among the most common pests that can invade the home. This is a common problem, particularly for pet owners. These pests thrive by feeding on the host, which is usually a dog or a cat.
Flea Identification in the Home
Fleas can grow to as long as around 2-4 millimetres and appear black or dark brown. Flea infestations start from pets harbouring fleas beneath their fur. They can then transfer onto carpets, upholstery and rugs that the pet has had contact with.
These creatures reproduce quickly. In a matter of days, new adults can emerge from hatched eggs. With the right environmental conditions for them to thrive, these pests can increase at a rather rapid pace.
Fleas prefer a warm and humid environment with a good supply of dust and dirt. They would enjoy living in furniture, a carpet or rug in the house.
Fleas are very unpleasant to have in the home, one reason is that they can cause serious harm to pets. Their bites are irritating and can result in damage to the animal’s skin.
Because these pests seek blood for sustenance, they would also bite people when given the chance. Babies and small children will have little defence against them.
Fleas are also hosts to dog tapeworm, which the pet or even a child can get if they accidentally ingest infected fleas.
Prevention and Control
As is often the case with pests, cleanliness and hygiene is a prime requirement in preventing the onslaught of fleas in the home. Flea-infested pests should be helped with proper and non-toxic treatments.
There are flea medications that veterinarians can recommend to treat the fleas. Pets must be always kept clean using medicated soaps or shampoos.
If the fleas have already spread to different parts of the house, keeping the pets clean will not be enough. Seek the help of a professional pest control company just like Bob Gunn Termite Solutions once you think there’s a worse flea situation in your house.
We will provide you with thorough treatment and control to make sure that there are no eggs or larvae left in the fibers of carpets, rugs and upholstery. Only with a complete treatment of the residence will the infestation be stopped.