How to solve your indoor flea problems; serving Long Island and NYC homes.
It’s not fun when you find out you have fleas in your home. Fleas are a nuisance to both humans and pets for many reasons. Fleas bite because they rely on blood for survival, and their bites can hurt and itch, especially if a person or animal is allergic to fleas. In addition to their annoying and painful bites, fleas can also cause and carry diseases such as: the plague, cat scratch disease, tapeworms, tungiasis, dermatitis, and haemobartonellosis. In order to avoid these diseases and the other problems fleas bring, it is very important to protect your home, family, and pets from fleas. The experienced staff at Arrow Exterminating offers the perfect solution to help you get rid of fleas.
How to Recognize Fleas in Your Home
Adult fleas are relatively big and easy to spot. You may notice them jumping around within your home to try to find a feeding source. Adult fleas are reddish brown, shiny, and have six legs. Fleas in younger stages of life are much harder to find, as they are smaller, less active, and usually in more hidden areas. You may find the eggs, larvae, and pupae in small, hidden areas, such as behind furniture, in cracks of furniture (especially pet beds), grooves and cracks within floors and walls, carpets, and any other area that has small nooks and crannies.
Even if you suspect there are fleas in your home, you may not be able to see the fleas themselves, especially since it is hard to spot fleas in their first three stages of life. There are other ways to detect fleas in your home. For example, you may notice your pet scratching more often than normal, or you may even notice an increase of itchy bites on yourself. You also might notice a substance known as “flea dirt.” This is mainly made up of their feces, and looks like black pepper. Keep an eye out for this on carpets, furniture, and pet beds.
What to Expect in a Flea Inspection
In order to determine whether it really is fleas you are detecting in your home, it is important to have a professional do a flea inspection. During the flea inspection, one of Arrow Exterminating’s professionals will come to your home and do a visual inspection to check for fleas. Once they determine the type of pest you are dealing with, they will explain what they found and discuss options for eliminating the pest.
Professional extermination is the best and most effective way to get rid of fleas and other pests in your home. There are some things you can do, to try to control the population and prevent an infestation. Here are some solutions to ridding your home of fleas:
3 Steps for Effective Flea Control
- Remove all infected animal(s) to be treated for fleas
You and your pets are the food source for the fleas, so it’s very important to have your pets treated and bathed regularly.
- Vacuum all areas
It’s very easy for fleas in all stages of life to hide in carpet and furniture. It’s also very likely that fleas fall off your pets and land in these areas. Vacuum all areas daily for 21 days, including the basement and garage.
- Apply a liquid, dust, or aerosol with growth regulator
These can be very helpful in killing fleas in the adult and larvae stage. One of Arrow’s technicians will professionally apply one of the appropriate solutions.