The Common Myths Regarding Flea Control

September 30, 2019


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They say a dog is man’s best friend. Dogs are amazing additions to any family, but they can bring pests in that you need to keep an eye out for. Any furry animal, whether it’s a dog, a cat, or a rodent, can increase your risk of fleas. Fleas can make an appearance in any home, even one with no pets. The internet is full of well-intended but often misguided advice about getting rid of fleas. As a result, you may underestimate fleas and their ability to cause problems in your home.

Confronting Fleas on Your Own

Fleas are an incredible nuisance once they’ve come into your home. Fleas feed on a host, which is often an animal. They can cause extreme discomfort for your pets who are getting bitten, and they can also bite you. Flea bites are small, hard bumps that are very itchy and can become infected if scratched too much. Fleas can multiply quickly and can take up residence in furniture such as a couch or a bed. If you try to eliminate fleas on your own, you’ll need to eliminate every flea and flea egg. The process can be tedious, frustrating, and difficult.

Methods

You may have heard of some natural home remedies that can work for fleas. These include baking soda, vinegar, rosemary, lemon, and other herbal sprays that might help eliminate some fleas. Many people buy chemicals to spray around the house, but chemical use is not recommended as they can be harmful to you, your family, and your pets. There are also products specifically targeted to keeping fleas away from your pets, such as flea collars, drops, and pills.

Problems

While these do-it-yourself methods may come with some success, they don’t often address the entire problem. Chemicals and herbal sprays may kill live fleas, but they won’t kill unhatched eggs. This means that once those eggs hatch, you’ve got a new infestation on your hands. These methods also require that you know which areas to spray in order to see the best results. Fleas can spread out across your house, and it can be difficult to know where these pests might be hiding and how to find them and exterminate them.

Dangers

You may be tempted to give up and let fleas live in your home. This is a dangerous idea for many reasons. First of all, the incessant bites, especially around your ankles and lines of clothing, will soon change your mind. But fleas can also carry dangerous diseases which they may have picked up from other animal hosts. They can carry typhus and dangerous fevers and can transmit them to humans or to pets. Eliminating fleas is your safest option when it comes to your pets and your family.

Effective Flea Control

These home methods might help prevent fleas. In fact, options such as flea collars, drops, or pills are important for flea prevention if you have pets. Ultimately, however, you’ll want professional help if you have an infestation. Pest control professionals from Lindsey Pest Services can identify problem areas in your home and begin a treatment plan that effectively targets areas where fleas are present. Our comprehensive treatment will eliminate fleas in all stages of life. Allowing professionals to help you clear your house of fleas is faster and safer than attempting to control the situation on your own. We know you care about your pets and value your family's health. We care about helping you help them.




 

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