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Flea-bitten No More: Pest Control for Pet Owners

Fleas are a homeowner's worst nightmare. Not only can these leaping pests create an unsightly presence in your carpets and kitchen cupboards, fleas may cause both humans and pets to experience medical problems, such as tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), and anemia. If you want to keep these pests under control, you need to clean your home, treat your pets, and maintain your outdoor property. Of course, if fleas persist, you can always seek out professional pest control services.

Identifying Fleas

Although fleas tend to appear during summer months, they can flourish indoors all year long. Generally, mature fleas are dark reddish-brown, hard-bodied, wingless, and less than 1/8-inch long. They can jump about 7 inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally. If you wish to find fleas' breeding grounds, you should investigate the areas where your pets eat, play, and sleep. Next, you can detect fleas by pulling white socks over your shoes and walking through suspected flea hot spots.

Shoo, Flea: Pest Control Techniques

Vacuum regularly. Make sure to clean under your couch cushions: fleas are sneaky, and they like to hide. If you have a pet, you should wash their bedding weekly with warm water and soap. It is also important to bathe your animal with flea-killing shampoo, which you can find at your local pet store. Flea combs and flea collars are also good investments. To discourage fleas from hatching outdoors, you should frequently trim your lawn and weeds. Your yard should also have fences to prevent strange flea-bearing animals from wandering in.

If your flea problem persists, you may wish to hire a professional exterminator for pest control services. Exterminators know how to find the right pest control services for your unique flea problem, and with an exterminator's help, your tiny hopping pests should stay away for good.

Sources

"Bugs That Bite" HGTV.com
"Fleas," University of Missouri Extension
"Fleas," The Ohio State University Extension

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