Why Do I Have Fleas In My Nashville Home?

If you have a dog or a cat that goes in and out, it is likely that the fleas in your Nashville home came in on your pet. But you probably already know this. It is common knowledge that fleas get on furry animals. When we're asked this question, residents aren't asking because they don't know that their pets can bring fleas in with them, what they want to know is how do they keep getting fleas or why can't they get rid of fleas.

But just in case you are wondering how fleas get into your home, we'll cover that too. Let's take a quick look at the ways fleas often get into Nashville homes, why flea infestations can be difficult to deal with, and the best way to get rid of fleas.

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How Fleas Get In

There aren't a whole lot of ways for a flea to get inside your home. This is because fleas don't hop their way into homes; they're carried. Here are a few ways this can happen:

  • If you're not aware, fleas are attracted to warm-blooded, furry mammals. When your pet walks around outside, cocooned fleas will break free of their cocoons and spring onto your pet. Once they get on your pet, they are there to stay. Adult fleas take animals as hosts. An infestation begins when flea dirt and flea eggs drop off your pet and the conditions for a flea infestation are created.

  • Any furry animal can bring fleas into your home. Sometimes, mice, rats, squirrels, or other animals are responsible for a flea infestation. If you don't have a pet, this might be why you have fleas.

  • When you purchase a piece of furniture from someone who has a flea infestation, you could get a flea infestation. While fleas don't take humans as hosts, flea bites on humans are common when furry animals aren't available. If you're finding flea bites on your skin, they might be in that used couch you just bought. It's worth checking out.

Why Do I Keep Getting Fleas?

There are a few answers we could give to this. Of course, the best way to know is to perform an inspection and consider the conditions present. Apart from that, here are a few possibilities:

  • You never actually got rid of them. You may perform treatments and think that the fleas are gone when they actually aren't.

  • You may be using products or methods that aren't working completely. This can allow fleas to keep coming into your home on your pets.

  • You may have a rodent infestation.

Why Can't I Get Rid Of Fleas?

If you do your own flea treatments, there are many ways your treatments can fall short. It is amazing how many home remedies there are out there. Most of these just don't work. Here are a few examples:

  • You can't get rid of flea infestations with vinegar and water. A spray like this only works when you actually spray fleas with it. Vinegar and water acts as a desiccant and dries fleas out. If you spray it on a surface, it will do nothing to stop fleas.

  • You're not going to have much success with diatomaceous earth. It does nothing to address flea eggs or cocooned fleas, and you'll suck it up with your vacuum long before it addresses emerging fleas.

  • You can't get rid of flea infestations with plates of soapy water and desk lamps. The idea is that fleas will leap toward the heat and fall into the soapy water and drown. Can you kill a few fleas this way? Sure. But those traps aren't going to attract all of the fleas in your home before they bite you and reproduce.

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fleas?

A residual product must be applied to break the cycle of infestation in your home.

  • This product doesn't have to get deep into the places where fleas hide because it waits for them to emerge.

  • This product stays active long enough to get rid of emerging fleas and you won't suck it up with your vacuum before it does the job.

  • The product is not isolated to a small area like a trap. It is dispersed broadly to provide the coverage needed to get emerging fleas before they get you.

Are You Dealing With Fleas In Nashville?

If you're in Nashville, we'd be happy to help you with your flea problem. We can send a service professional to your home to take a look at what you're up against. We'll recommend an appropriate flea treatment, address the fleas in your home, and provide you with the insight necessary to prevent future infestations. Reach out to us today with questions or to schedule a service visit. 

 

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