Fleas aren’t just dangerous for your pets. An infestation in your home can be one of the most difficult pest infestations! If your cats or dogs spend time outdoors, or if you have nuisance wildlife, fleas may be inevitable. Getting rid of a flea problem is no easy task, making it important to know how to prevent an infestation in the first place. The flea exterminators at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s know how distressing a flea problem can be for you and your family alike. For long-lasting flea control you can rely on, it’s crucial to get help from your local experts in flea removal.
How to check for fleas
It’s important to always be on the lookout for fleas on your pets and inside. Look for the following signs of fleas:
- Adult fleas. You may be able to spot adult fleas. On your pet, they look like dot-like bugs hidden in the hind legs, head, or neck.
- Odd pet behavior. Excessive scratching, reddened skin, hair loss, pale gums, restlessness, and welts or bumps are all signs of fleas on dogs or cats.
- Flea dirt. Flea feces (aka flea dirt) looks like coarse black pepper.
- Flea larvae or eggs. Larvae look like minuscule white worms that are about 2-5 mm long with pale hairs covering their bodies.
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How to get rid of fleas in the house
Once you have a flea problem, it can spread quickly to your bedding, pet items, carpets and rugs, furniture, baseboards, and more. Catching an infestation in its early stages is always the best way to stop fleas from spreading. If you have an infestation, you may need to enlist the help of a flea exterminator. The Ehrlich flea control experts will thoroughly inspect your property and help customize a flea management plan.
Flea control & prevention tips
No one wants to deal with fleas. They can be difficult to get rid of, not to mention dangerous for your pet’s health. Some of our top tips to keep fleas out or stop a flea problem in its tracks include:
- Check in with your veterinarian. Flea control products can safeguard your cats and dogs from fleas, which will effectively keep them out of your home!
- Keep nuisance wildlife out of your yard. Raccoons, opossums, deer, cattle, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and skunks can all carry fleas and deposit flea eggs and larvae into your yard.
- Wash all bedding frequently. If you suspect a flea may have gotten inside your property, run your pet’s bedding, laundry, sheets, and more through a hot wash.
- Vacuum your home thoroughly. Vacuum all areas of the home including upholstery. Carefully dispose of vacuum bags.
When to call a flea exterminator
A flea infestation in your property can be a real nuisance. At Ehrlich, we know how difficult it is to get rid of all fleas in your home. Our flea removal experts will work with you to ensure all signs of fleas in your property are gone, for good. Reach out to our flea control team today to learn more!
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