If you have fleas in your home then you may not really notice them until you have a big problem. These pests are very small and jump quickly. They bite and leave you with itchy welts or bumps. They typically attach themselves to the furry pets in your home such as cats and dogs, but they will bite humans as well. They can be on your furniture and in your carpeting, and they can also be outside in your yard. Control the fleas in your yard and prevent them from getting into your home (or get rid of them in your home if you have them already) by following the tips below.
Controlling Fleas In The Yard
Fleas in the grass can hop aboard your shoes, socks, or your furry pal--all giving them a free ride into your house. If you have fleas in your yard then you need to control the population to prevent them from hitching a ride into your house. Control the fleas by:
- Keeping The Yard Mowed. Keep the yard mowed and trimmed so it isn't overgrown. Anything can live in tall grass (including fleas, insects, and larger pests), so keeping your lawn mowed will protect you from fleas and other pests.
- Spraying A Pesticide. Spray a pesticide in the yard that will kill fleas and other pests. You can use a granular pesticide as well, just be sure to keep your furry pal and small children inside the house while you do this task. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the pesticide you use so that you know how to apply it.
- Removing Yard Waste. Remove yard waste and other debris from your yard where fleas and other pests may be hiding or nesting.
- Keep Your Pet In Your Yard. Don't allow your dog to go into other yards or into any forested areas surrounding your home where fleas could be.
Keep Fleas Out Of Your Home
Using the tips above can help prevent fleas from getting into your home, but if you have them already then you're going to need to do a few things to get rid of them.
- Vacuum Often. Vacuum your home daily to get up as many fleas with the vacuum cleaner as possible. Be sure to empty the vacuum into a garbage bin outside of your home rather than inside to prevent any fleas that are still alive from getting back into your home. Make sure you vacuum your couches and other upholstered furniture as well.
- Give Your Dog A Flea Bath. Make sure you give your dog a flea bath to get rid of any fleas on your dog. Giving your dog a flea preventative will also help keep fleas off of your dog.
- Use An Indoor Pesticide. You can use a pesticide such as a flea bomb in your home to kill fleas as well as other pests living in your home. A flea powder can also be sprinkled in your carpeting to kill fleas.
If you have an infestation of fleas in your home make sure you call a pest control company like Alliance Pest Management, Inc. to get rid of them. This will prevent flea bites to you, your family members, and the pets in your home.