If you notice small brown jumping bugs in your pet’s fur, it’s important to take action right away. These bugs are fleas, and they can lay up to 50 eggs each day. A single bug can quickly accelerate into a full-blown infestation that not only affects your dog or cat, but you and your entire home, as well. If you’re in the midst of a flea problem, here’s what the experts at Horizon Pest Control recommend you do.
1. Treat Your Pet
Fleas can be very harmful to pets, especially to those that are more sensitive to their bites. Flea bites can cause severe itching, hair loss, inflammation, infections and other health problems. Did you know that fleas can also transmit murine typhus and the bubonic plague? With these considerations in mind, the first thing you’ll want to do is treat an affected pet as soon as possible. There are several over-the-counter treatments you can purchase at the store, such as oral and topical flea control medications. There are also shampoos, powders, sprays, flea collars and spot-on products. If your pet seems to be having a severe reaction to the fleas and/or you want to get rid of them fast, a prescription medication from the vet may be your best bet.
If you or anyone else living in the house has flea bites on them, you can treat the bites with anti-itch creams and antihistamines. The bites themselves will eventually go away on their own, but unless you exterminate all the fleas in your house, the problem will continue to persist.
2. Treat the Inside of Your Home
When a flea lays its eggs, most of them do not stay in your pet’s fur. A large portion of them will fall to the ground and eventually hatch in your carpet, bedding, pet bedding and other fabric surfaces. With fleas everywhere, it can seem impossible to exterminate them all. However, it is possible as long as you take the right steps. You’ll need to thoroughly wash all fabrics and wash and vacuum or steam-clean the carpet. To make sure you kill all of the live fleas and the larvae, you may want to also use a chemical treatment inside the home.
3. Treat the Outside of Your Home
Pets can pick up fleas from other pets and animals while out and about, but they can also get them just from being outside. If that’s the case, you’ll want to take care of any overgrown foliage as well as have the lawn professionally treated. Pest control professionals know best what products to use, such as Yard Guard, and where and when to use them to exterminate the problem safely.
4. Take Preventative Measures
After you escape a flea catastrophe once, it’s not something you ever want to have to deal with again. Take preventative action, such as checking your pet regularly, washing their toys and bedding often and applying preventative medications and treatments as prescribed. You can also contact Horizon Pest Control and ask about our flea prevention treatment methods for your home.
Get Relief Today
At Horizon Pest Control, we’ve seen it all. Whether you want to take preventative measures or you need to get rid of an infestation as quickly as possible, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. We have years of experience dealing with fleas and back up our work with service guarantees. For example, if your flea problem persists after a Yard Guard treatment, we will re-treat the property at no additional charge. Contact us for a free quote today.