Fleas are wonderful, right? They can jump 100 times their height. They can accelerate 50 times faster than the space shuttle. And a female can produce up to 600 babies in just one month! And one more thing. They bite. If these facts sound less than wonderful to you, read on to learn some practical ways to avoid bites from these resilient and resourceful insects.
Protect Your Pets
Bite prevention begins with the protection of your pet. Keeping your pets flea-free can go a long way toward keeping your bite-free. To do this, make an effort to avoid bringing your pet into areas where fleas are rampant, and consider adding apple cider vinegar to your pets' water. Use pet products that prevent fleas. You are probably aware that some products work better than others. Some things to consider include flea collars, flea powders, flea shampoos, pills, shots and more. It can be rather daunting to figure out which is the best product to choose, and which ones are the most effective for the best price. Consulting your local veterinarian to guide you toward the most effective methods to use in your area. But, while keeping your pets flea free will go a long way toward reducing your chances of getting flea bites, there are other ways these sneaky critters can make their way into your home.
Protect Your Home From Flea-Carrying-Pests
Once your pets are protected from fleas, it is important to focus on preventing flea-ridden animals from entering your home. Note that many of these steps will not only keep furry pests out, but will also help in preventing other household pests such as spiders, cockroaches and the like from entering as well.
Start by examining the outside of your structure. Make sure there are no gaps or cracks in your foundation or walls by sealing up any holes you find. Pay close attention to areas around doors, windows, pipes, air conditioning units, wires and other items that enter the home. It only takes a hole the size of a dime for mice to squeeze through. And, if there are holes that size, other larger rodents and wildlife can chew the holes larger to gain entry. Once inside, these furry critters can establish nests and come and go freely, bringing not only fleas, but a host of other parasites into your home, such as lice, mites and ticks.
Thoroughly Clean Your Home
To keep fleas from taking root in your home, thoroughly vacuum all rugs daily, especially where pets are allowed to roam freely. Vacuum all fabric on furniture, since fleas are great at hiding in creases and crevices and may have laid eggs in such places. And don't forget to dispose of the vacuum bag outside. Another step to take is routinely washing and drying pet and human bedding on the hottest temperature. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a natural and safe substance to use in an effort to get rid of fleas. This can be sprinkled on carpets, baseboards and other places. Let it sit for a few days, then thoroughly vacuum. Another natural flea deterrent is lemon citrus spray. Fleas don't like the smell of lemon, so this spray will keep them at bay, at least for a time. (make sure to be careful when spraying lemon citrus spray as it may cause some fabrics to become bleached or damaged.) Other products you may try include flea powders or sprays for your rugs. However, if a flea infestation has already taken root inside your house, they can be extremely frustrating, coming back time and time again when you have done everything imaginable to get rid of them.
If you are dealing with a full flea infestation, wearing your pants tucked into your socks, and spraying mosquito repellent on your pants may prevent some flea bites, but those fleas will find a way to bite you. They'll get you when you sit on the couch. They'll get you when you lay in bed. They'll get you when you working at your computer. Don't let those fleas win. At Spencer Pest Services, we have over 60 years of experience helping folks get rid of all sorts of household pests, including fleas. If you need help preventing flea bites, reach out to us today.