If you have a kitty that never goes outside, it might be baffling to suddenly see Fluffy scratching at fleas. You might be wondering; How did that happen? Or, better yet, what if you don't have pets at all and suddenly you find yourself scratching. That is even more of a mystery. The fact is, there are other animals, besides dogs and cats, that can bring fleas into a home. These are animals that you generally will not see, but they will make themselves known in various ways. One of those ways is spreading fleas.
If you are scratching your head over how fleas are getting into your home, you are not alone. This is a mystery many Brentwood families puzzle over. But the simple fact is, sometimes rats, mice, squirrels, or other furry, parasite-carrying, critters will find their way into attics or wall voids and bring fleas with them. When this happens, they will often find their way into kitchen or pantry areas where they deposit all sorts of bacteria, urine and feces and, you guessed it, fleas.
Another way fleas can get into a home is on people. This is far less likely since we are not furry creatures. But it can happen, especially if there are a lot of fleas near your home in your yard. One way lots of fleas can be in your yard is if you have lots of wildlife and rodents. Having an overly cluttered yard, open trash cans, food left outside, and other attractants, will lure animals in close to your walls.
Flea Prevention Tips
First things first. Clear your property of unnecessary clutter. Items in a yard give animals places to hide. This is also true for areas of tangled weeds or overgrown grass. The fewer hiding places your property provides, the fewer animals you will have coming in close.
Keep your yard free of food sources. If you have gardens or fruit trees, make sure they are fenced in, clean up leftover food after cookouts, and keep all trash in tightly sealed containers.
Trim back vegetation from the perimeter of your home. Not only will this help keep things dry (which deters other pests) but it will eliminate some hiding places.
Examine the outside of your foundation and walls and make sure there are no gaps, cracks or holes. Seal up large and small holes. The small holes may not be big enough to let rodents or wildlife in but, over time, they can be chewed bigger and made large enough.
Where To Start To Get Rid Of Fleas Inside Your Home
A flea infestation can be pernicious, and the steps required to ensure complete elimination can be frustrating when not applied properly the first time. The last thing you want is the ongoing misery of flea bites. When you partner with an educated pest control technician, you will be guided through the steps from beginning to end. These steps will include pre-service prep such as picking up toys, boxes, clothing, and other items that are on the floor, vacuuming all rugs and disposing of the vacuum bag outside. Your All-American Pest Control technician will also give you simple and effective flea control tips such as cutting a flea collar into pieces and putting those pieces into your new vacuum bag. Once the pre-service prep is done, your home will be treated with a product that prevents fleas from reproducing. You may still see a few fleas for 21-30 days but, in no time, your infestation will be entirely eliminated. Most importantly, it will be eliminated the first time, and all of your hard work will not be in vain.
If you are experiencing fleas in your Brentwood home (or you would like help with flea prevention) it is important to understand that DIY flea control can be a never-ending exercise in frustration, as fleas return again and again. For full elimination of a flea infestation, reach out to All-American Pest Control or a trusted pest control company in your area. You'll be glad you did.