Fleas are wingless external parasites that are often found living on animals. If you don't treat your dogs and/or cats regularly for fleas, chances are, your pets will eventually bring them into the house. If you have fleas in your home, it's important to try exterminating them as soon as you notice their presence. Here are some different ways to get rid of a flea infestation.
Why fleas are difficult to get rid of
Fleas only have a life cycle of about three weeks. Unfortunately, the rate that they breed more than makes up for their short life span. Within those three weeks, one flea can lay 1,000 eggs. If all of those new fleas lay 1,000 eggs, a single flea getting into your home can turn into millions in just a couple of short months.
Flea bombs are the easiest way to get rid of fleas. They're small containers full of pesticides that you place around your home. When you flea bomb, ensure that all of your windows are closed. Place a flea bomb on a table or chair in the center of every room in your home. If your home is small, you may not need one for each room. The flea bomb will say on the package how many square feet it covers. Once all the bombs are placed, set off one at a time and quickly leave your home.
Flea bombs generally require you to leave for at least two hours. Once you return, you may want to open your windows and leave for another hour or two. Once you go home, you'll want to vacuum all of the floors and wash all of the clothes and linens in the home. Not only will many items be covered with dead fleas, they'll be covered with pesticides as well.
If you don't want to set off flea bombs in your home, there is another way to get rid of the fleas. However, this way will take some time and patience. First, flea treat your animals. The fleas will no longer feed off your pets, which is required for reproducing. Next, clean your carpets daily with a carpet cleaner. Flea eggs are covered with a sticky cocoon, which makes them difficult to vacuum, but a carpet cleaner will eradicate them from your carpet. Finally, use dehumidifiers. Fleas have a difficult time surviving in a climate with less than 70 percent humidity. Dehumidifying your home will help kill them more quickly.
Fleas are a nuisance to any home. It's important to begin the extermination process the moment you see the first flea, before it turns into millions. Either set off flea bombs, or clean your carpets daily. Either route you take, make sure you flea treat your pets. A pest control company like Garrie Pest Control can help you deal with fleas efficiently.