If you begin to observe that one of your lovely furry family member is scratching all the time and spot tiny scabs on their skin, it’s very likely a sign that you may be dealing with fleas. To add to this, if you’ve felt something biting your feet when walking around barefoot in the house, it’s an indication that those fleas have already found their way in your carpet. Even if you don’t see anything, you simply can’t ignore the strong possibility that your home has been infested with fleas.
So if you suspect that your home has been likely infested with fleas, you can try getting rid of them by doing the following:
Fleas are very tiny insects that feed off the blood of dogs, cats and a whole host of other furry animals. Although you don’t need a microscope to see them, they are so tiny that it really isn’t easy to spot them. While they can’t fly, they are amazing jumpers. Their bite causes incredible itching, which is what we associate most with fleas. And unfortunately, they tend to bite a lot!
Fleas are not out to destroy your home. The problem with a flea infestation is all the itching they’re causing you, your family and of course your pets.
Fleas can cause your dog or cat to itch so much that they literally scratch off their fur and even bleed. And when you walk around barefoot, you’ll get bitten as well.
Signs of a Flea Infestation
The most obvious sign that your home’s infested with fleas is if your pet scratches himself to the point of bleeding, forming scabs and even creating bald spots. If your dog or cat has a light-colored coat, you may even see what looks like bug droppings. This can be verified by placing some of the droppings on a wet napkin to see if it turns red. If so, these are flea droppings made of blood.
If you and other family members are scratching your feet and ankles, it’s because they’ve been bitten by fleas. If you look closely, you might see them jumping up from the carpet to bite you.
Getting Rid of Fleas
Give Pets a Flea Bath
It’s no easy task getting rid of a flea infestation in your home. First, you need to remove all the fleas from your pets. Scrub them in the tub with flea shampoo. Let the shampoo sit on them for a couple of minutes before rinsing off so it kills the fleas.
Use a Flea Comb
Once out of the tub and still wet, use a fine flea comb to remove the bodies and the eggs. Any fleas picked up by the comb should be drowned in water.
You must be patient because it takes time to thoroughly comb through all the fur. The last thing you want is to leave any remaining fleas that might still be alive.
Apply Flea & Tick Medication
Once they are bathed, combed and dried, you should apply flea and tick medication to kill new fleas that may jump onto your pet. Your pet can also wear a flea collar to deter new fleas.
Vacuum & Steam Clean
To get rid of the fleas in your home, your carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed and steamed cleaned. While you’re at it, you need to vacuum every corner of your house, including all the floors and furniture. You’re going to have to keep vacuuming every day for a total of ten days. To make sure you’ve vacuumed every surface, you’ll have to move the furniture out of the way. This is the only way you’re going to be able to get rid of any remaining eggs and larvae.
If you’ve done all of this and your pets still have fleas, you may need to use chemicals or get a pest control company to remove them.
To keep fleas from infesting your home, continuously use flea and tick medication on your pets. The medication kills the fleas that bite your pet, which keeps them from reproducing and infesting your home.
A flea infestation is extremely annoying for everyone in the home. They can be very difficult to get rid of as well. The above suggestions should be helpful. However, if your home is still infested with fleas after you’ve done everything suggested, you may want to consider contacting a reputable pest control company.