When it comes to pest infestations, fleas are one the hardest to deal with since they are both small and can easily jump around. Only the largest adults are visible and they are still only about 2.5 millimeters in size yet they can leap 13 inches at a time. They are persistent pests that leave behind itchy bites on both pests and humans. If you think you are dealing with a pest infestation, here is what to do next:
1. Determine What Area Needs to Be Treated
Most of the time, our pets bring fleas into the home. If they have mature fleas, then that is just the tip of the iceberg. Only about 5% of an infestation will consist of adult fleas. The rest is eggs and larvae that are basically invisible. This means that you will need to treat any area where your pet has been, which can include their sleeping area, the rest of the home, and the entire yard.
2. Wash bedding
Wash all your pet’s bedding in hot water and dry it at the hottest possible setting. You may even want to consider completely replacing the bedding.
3. Vacuum Everything
Start with a powerful vacuum and make sure to hit floors, drapes, and furniture. You will also want to use the attachments to target baseboards and any other cracks and tight spaces that may be home to eggs. Also, be sure to thoroughly empty the vacuum when you are finished.
4. Use a Steam Cleaner
Hitting the area with both steam and soap should be enough to kill fleas, no matter what stage they are at. Be sure to spend extra time on areas where your pet relaxes and sleeps.
5. Clean Your Yard
Fleas enjoy tall grass and any debris they can find. Be sure to keep your lawn mowed, remove leaves and twigs, and use cedar chips in planters. You can also introduce nematodes into the yard, which are small worms that will eat flea eggs.
6. Call a Professional
There are also highly effective chemical treatments that can be used, but these should only be administered by a pest professional. Remember that fleas are small and persistent, so if you want to get rid of the problem the first time without having to deal with a second infestation, it is a good idea to use a professional.
For help with your flea infestation and other pest problems, call the experts at PMi Pest Management. We can help you schedule a free consultation.