How to Get Rid of Fleas

Some people are dog lovers, other people are cat lovers. Very few are flea lovers – but it’s often painfully difficult to have one without the other.

If you’re a pet owner, it’s almost inevitable that the scourge of fleas will eventually come to your home. Fleas commonly live as parasites in the fur of animals, and in a domestic situation they often migrate to beds and begin to prey on people. As your vet will tell you, there are various preventative measures you can take to reduce the chances of this happening – but once the fleas have infested your house, it’s important to deal with the problem as quickly as possible.

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Understand the scale of the problem.

Because most flea infestations are caused by pets that live in your house, they generally aren’t confined to a specific area but are spread everywhere the animal roams.

This means your approach has to be a comprehensive one. Like a game of whack-a-mole, no sooner will you treat one part of your house than the fleas will pop up in another part. So you’ll need to take decisive action across all infested parts of your house, and treat all your pets simultaneously. Simply treating your bed on its own won’t achieve anything.

You should also make sure that you’re in fact dealing with fleas, and not another pesky insect like bed bugs or mosquitoes.

Wash and tumble-dry your linen.

Every part of your bed that can be thrown in a washing machine should be immediately put on a vigorous cycle with hot water and detergent. Sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, blankets, and mattress protectors are like holiday homes for fleas. Wash them all together, and then put them in a hot tumble dryer for good measure.

If the fleas have already infiltrated your mattress, then washing your linen may not be enough.

Vacuum like your life depends on it.

Carefully and methodically vacuum your mattress, your pillows, and the floor in your room (especially any carpet or rugs, which are favourite flea hideaways). This should be repeated every day until the problem disappears. Vacuuming will pick up flea eggs as well as the fleas themselves, ensuring that they never get a chance to rebuild their population. Make sure that you get rid of vacuum bags after each bout of vacuuming. Put them in a rubbish bin outside your house – otherwise the fleas will simply breed inside them and continue to cause problems.

Use flea powder or flea bombs if necessary – but know the risks.

We don’t recommend using flea spray or flea bombs unless you’ve done a lot of research and are fully aware of the health risks they pose. These heavy-duty tools are best employed by an experienced professional who’s trained in health and safety procedures.

These products usually contain insect growth regulator (IGR), which is a toxic insecticide. After you spray a surface, any fleas residing there will be killed, but the insecticide will remain there until you wipe it clean. It can be an effective way to kill an entire population of fleas, including their eggs. Unfortunately, if it’s not used carefully, it can also be a fantastic way to kill fish in your aquarium as well as other small creatures, and expose your pets and children to harmful insecticide.

Consider calling a pest control service.

The safest and most reliable way to eradicate fleas is to enlist the services of a pest control specialist. These technicians are specially trained to deal with fleas, and they can save you a lot of time and hassle. Try to find a contractor who communicates well, and clearly describes in advance what you can expect from the eradication methods that will be used.

At EP Services, we put the safety of you and your pets at the core of what we do. Our flea control experts have successfully tackled the worst flea infestations imaginable – without jeopardising the health of any non-blood-sucking mammals.

If you want to find out more about how we can help, contact us today for a free inspection and quote. We would love to eliminate this problem for you once and for all.

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