No matter where you find them, fleas can be a problem. The blood-sucking critters can torment you and your pets with their tiny bites, causing an uncomfortable skin irritation without warning. The biggest concern is that fleas can carry diseases to pets and humans. Here are some of the other problems you may encounter when you find fleas and what to do about them.
1. Where They Live
Although fleas can be found in almost any environment, they prefer dark, humid areas in your yard. Living under the leaves of tall grasses and deadwood, the adults wait for a living victim to walk by. If no host is found, the flea only lives for two weeks. If a food source is found, the tiny insect can live for approximately one year, and females will lay 50 eggs per day. If fleas are a severe problem, a control company can use flea traps around the yard or in your home.
2. How To Eliminate Them
Fleas love to hide in pet blankets and beds, so make sure you wash the bedding when trying to eliminate the insects, eggs, and pupae. As with all fleas Elkhorn WI, if you see one in your home, there are many more you need to remove from carpets, bedding, and clothing. Hot water and a hot dryer will kill all life cycles of flea, including eggs.
3. How To Keep Them Away
Spraying your yard with a specially designed natural product or chemical keeps the outside fleas from attacking your pets. You should also keep your pet from wandering in wooded areas or tall grasses while you are out walking. If you do find any fleas on your furry baby, use a flea soap to wash your pet immediately, following directions for any necessary follow-up care.
At the first sign of fleas, fight back. Pest control companies now carry natural means of removing fleas from around your yard and home, including nematodes. If you don’t remove the fleas, they can exponentially reproduce using you as a food source.