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A common misconception about fleas is that they are only a problem for pet owners. Although the presence of fleas is more common among those with pets, it isn’t the only way these biting insects can get into your home. Fleas are hitchhikers and attach themselves to you or your clothing and hitch a ride indoors. To help you control a flea infestation, your professional pest control company in Cordova, AAA Termite and Pest Control is sharing what to do about fleas in your home.
How do fleas get into my home?
Fleas can enter your home through several methods. If you have a cat or dog, the fleas most likely attached to your pet and were brought inside. However, if you do not own an animal, fleas could enter your home from attaching to a mouse or other rodent. When the rodents scamper around, the fleas could fall off the rodent and enter your home through tiny cracks in the ceiling, the walls, and even the light fixtures. Fleas even can enter your home after you’ve spent time outside, working in the yard or when the kids are out playing. It is recommended that you have a trained pest control technician in Memphis from AAA Termite and Pest Control to search and treat your home to get rid of these biting pests.
How long can fleas live without feeding?
Most adult fleas can only survive for up to ten days without attaching to a host, such as pets, rodents, and even humans. However, some fleas have been found to live up to two years without feeding while living in temperatures below 55 degrees and high humidity. All across Tennessee, we experienced a mild winter this past season. So, it is a common myth that winter weather kills off bugs and their larva.
What can I do to help control the infestation?
If you have pets, your best solution is to have a long-term treatment solution worked out with your veterinarian to treat your furry friend. The treatment program should be able to stop the arrival of new fleas into your home. Also, wash your pet’s bedding in hot water as that is where the fleas will tend to stay and feed on your furry friend. If your pet has a plush toy they love to play with, it needs to be washed in hot water or thrown away to prevent re-infestation.
If you do not have pets, it is time to begin thoroughly cleaning your home. To begin, vacuum your floors, carpets, area rugs, and furniture every other day for the best results in removing fleas and their larvae. After you have finished vacuuming, dispose of the bag immediately to prevent eggs from hatching inside and returning to your home. Also, wash all bedding, blankets, and sheets in hot water to kill fleas and their larvae. Your car could also be home to fleas, so vacuum and clean the upholstery and carpeting on the floors.
If you have vigilantly tried to clean the surfaces of your home, but the fleas are still around, it is time to call in a professional pest control company in Memphis like AAA Termite and Pest Control. With the right tools and training, a trained pest control technician can spot flea activity and potentially be able to tell you where the problem has originated. They could also help seal the cracks where the pests may be entering your home.
Can you get fleas in a house with no pets and no carpet?
Yes. Fleas can infiltrate your home even though you own no pets and have no carpet. By simply attaching themselves to you or your clothing, you could experience an infestation. Even though you may not have carpet in your home, fleas will hide in the cracks and crevices of the floors, along baseboards, or any other location that is dark or moist. Your professional pest control service in Cordova, AAA Termite and Pest Control knows where fleas like to hide, so contact us to help control the infestation in your home.
Flea Control in Cordova and Memphis in Tennessee
Fleas are pests that will take a war versus battle approach to finally rid your home of their presence. With diligence and time, you could have a flea-free home. If you have questions about fleas or need help in your fight against them, feel free to contact AAA Termite and Pest Control and have a qualified pest technician in Memphis inspect your home today. Simply call (901) 737-7378 to set up an appointment.