So you want to know how to get rid of fleas in your New Caney, Texas home? Fleas are tricky ones. Once they are established in your home, they are difficult to get rid of. They most often find their way indoors when they hop on to pets who bring them indoors unknowingly. They can also transmit themselves from rodents to your pets.
If you have a dog who plays outside frequently, and even if you just have a cat who stays indoors all the time, fleas can be a concern. Fleas are external parasite insects that feed on the blood of animals to survive and to reproduce. They inflict itchy bites, but they can also transmit diseases and tapeworms to you, your family, and your pets (they’re famously known for spreading the Black Plague across Europe in the Middle Ages). You can get fleas in your home even if you don’t have pets!
How Do I Get Rid of Fleas at Home?
Here’s a Homeowner Checklist for your reference to make sure you can conduct a successful home flea treatment. If fleas become a bigger problem at home than you feel you can handle, you should call a reliable pest control company. There are several flea control options to make your life easier.
Here are some things you can do to get rid of fleas in your home. Fleas are naturally outdoor creatures, so indoor flea problems almost always begin outside your home:
Control Fleas Outdoors
- Get rid of debris in your yard. Clean up dead leaves, branches, and twigs, and trim your shrubbery to let sunlight in wherever possible
- Keep your lawn mowed regularly. Fleas like to hide in tall grass. When you mow, carefully bag and dispose of the grass. .
- Spray your yard regularly with a good flea control product (at least every couple of weeks) with a yard pesticide spray.
- Use cedar chips around your lawn and home wherever feasible (around trees, around pet play areas), and on flower beds. Fleas hate the scent of cedar and avoid it.
Control Fleas Indoors
- Vacuum floors, furniture, pet bedding, pet areas, mattresses, cracks, and tight spaces where fleas might hide indoors. Seal up the vacuum bag tightly and dispose of it outdoors, in a trash container away from your house. You can even reinforce by cleaning with a steam cleaner.
- Wash pet bedding and your family’s bedding thoroughly. Launder your family’s your pets’ bedding in hot water, and dry at the highest heat setting. For heavy infestations, you may need to replace old bedding.
- Treat your home and your pets with appropriately labeled flea control products. After cleaning thoroughly, you can treat areas with aerosol flea killer sprays. Spray under pet beds, in corners, and under furniture. Use a pesticide that is labeled to kill adult fleas, and that also features an insect growth regulator (e.g., pyriproxyfen or methoprene) that will kill eggs, larvae, and pupae (which can be very difficult to kill with pesticides alone). Let the sprayed areas settle and dry before entering areas or letting pets into the area. In conjunction with pesticide treatments at home and in the yard, treat your pets with pesticide shampoos and flea/tick collars.
There are plenty of preventive methods to keep fleas at bay in your home and yard. Fleas can also become overwhelming at times. They reproduce quickly, and the sooner you address a flea problem, the sooner you’ll have success. Fleas can find their way even into the cleanest of homes and you may need to call in professional help. Call our New Caney, TX pest control experts today at 832.898.0190! Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation. We can help you, your family, and pets enjoy a flea-free life at home.