You may realise that there are fleas in your home if you see tiny bugs jumping out of your carpet (fleas can jump as high as 8 inches!).
What Are Fleas and Where Do They Come From?
Fleas are a very small bug that are a dark brown-black colour. You will normally find them in your house as a result of your cat or dog bringing them inside, although if you live next to a wildlife area, a forest, or any overgrown areas then there is a chance that you'll see fleas on your property from time to time.
Having fleas in your garden isn't a problem but when you notice them inside of your house, it's time to take a stance and get rid of them.
Female fleas will lay around 20 eggs each day – roughly half of which will be female fleas. Over about 60 days, if you don't take any action there will be as many as 20,000 fleas in your home!
Being Bitten by a Flea
Fortunately, when a flea bites you it is very unlikely that a disease will be transmitted to you or that you will fall ill.
A flea bite looks similar to any other bug bite and other than the fact that it will be slightly irritable, your skin will be red and bumpy, and you'll have a few bites next to each other. Typically, fleas will bite you several times around the same area of your body and you might feel some very minor pain.
Getting Rid of Fleas on Your Own
There are a few things that you can try to get rid of fleas from your home before you call an exterminator. However, these things are best used if there is only a small flea infestation rather than a larger infestation.
- Vacuum your home, especially your carpets and in-between cushions. After vacuuming every room in your house, remove the vacuum's bag and get rid of it as there will still be fleas alive in it and if they get back into your house, they'll lay more eggs.
- Use a flea comb to groom your pets at least once a week, give them a bath the high-quality shampoos and soaps, and wash the pet bedding at high temperatures to kill any fleas or eggs that are laying on them.
- If the flea infestation hasn't gotten too bad yet, you can try using a steamer to kill the fleas and eggs that are in your home. However, if there are a lot of fleas living in your home then the best move is to call an exterminator.
If none of these tips helped you, don't worry. Hiring a flea exterminator is the next step and by contacting one of them, you are guaranteed that the infestation will be dealt with.
Preparing for a Flea Exterminator
Before you call a flea exterminator there are a couple of things that you should do to prepare.
First, vacuum your entire home. After an exterminator has used their chemicals inside of your home to kill the fleas, you won't be able to vacuum for up to two weeks to ensure that all of the fleas have been killed as well as their eggs. On top of that, vacuuming before they arrive will pick up some of the eggs that have been laid making the chemicals work faster.
Next, make sure that your home is relatively clean and that if there's a specific room in your home where there are large numbers of fleas, try to make the room as open as possible so that the exterminator has an easier time spreading the chemicals.
Lastly, take care of your pets. Not only will you have to take them to the vet to have them treated for fleas, but you will also have to thoroughly clean all of your pet's bedding in high temperatures. You should also clean your own bedding in a similar manner!
Hiring a Flea Exterminator
The best thing to do when there is an outbreak of fleas in your home is to call an exterminator. Exterminators deal with unwanted insect outbreaks on a regular basis and know how to deal with them appropriately and if you were to try and take care of it on your own, you might find yourself wasting more money than necessary.
Contrary to popular belief, hiring an exterminator isn't as expensive as you might think (generally about £40 to £60, although it depends on the circumstances) and using an exterminator is a lot more effective for getting rid of fleas than trying yourself. There are a few reasons for this:
- exterminators have access to effective chemicals for killing fleas which are expensive for you to buy.
- exterminators have the experience to get rid of fleas quickly, whereas you may find yourself at it for hours.
- exterminators will explain how you can prevent fleas from bothering you in the future.
All in all, it's in your best interest to hire an exterminator if you have fleas in your home.
After getting rid of the fleas from your home it's a good idea to take preventative measures to stop it from happening again in the future. Below are some of the things that you can do to prevent fleas.
- The majority of flea infestations will happen during the hotter times of the years; therefore, you don't have to put as much effort into flea prevention during the winter.
- Check your furry friends regularly. Even if you don't let your dog out of the house or you have a house cat, it's still important to thoroughly check their fur with a flea comb and make sure that there are no fleas there.
- Maintain your garden. Cut the grass so that it doesn't get too long, don't let your garden become overgrown with weeds, and ultimately just take care of your garden. Fleas and ticks will hide in overgrown areas and will jump onto your pets (or you) the first chance that they get.
- Keep your pets groomed. If your pets don't have as much fur during the summer, it's less likely that fleas will pounce on them.
Take these precautions and you should have no problems with fleas in the future.
About Flea Exterminator Conclusion
We all know that fleas can be a horrible thing to deal with but fortunately, in this day and age, we have a lot of different ways to get rid of them. Some people choose to jump straight to hiring an exterminator while others take the time to try getting rid of them on their own, before deciding an exterminator might be the best choice. On the upside, after you've had the fleas dealt with and you take steps to prevent them from returning in the future, you shouldn't have any more problems.