Flea Infestation and Indoor Pest Control: What to Do if You Discover that Your Home is Infested with Fleas

July 01st, 2014

Fleas are fascinating creatures, able to jump over a meter in length (that’s the equivalent of a human jumping over a football field in length) and capable of consuming over 15 times its own weight in blood throughout an average day.

However, despite being remarkably interesting and impressively resilient, they’re not the type of creatures you want to share your home with. Regrettably, for home owners with pets especially, flea infestation is a very real, very serious problem, and it’s important to undertake some indoor pest control measures to ensure that your home returns to a comfortable, flea-free state.

Tell-tale signs that you have a flea infestation

Though it’s never pleasant to consider the prospect that you might have a flea infestation, it’s important to be informed about what to look signs to look out for. Here are some key ‘red flag’ signals that indicate that you may have a flea problem in your home:

  1. Itching pets. Cats and dogs are the most common cause of flea infestation, as fleas like to live in their fur. If your pet starts itching, take the time   to examine them properly. If they have reddened skin, any small  black dots at the base of their fur (droppings) or even crawling, tiny insects in between the hairs, then it’s highly likely that they are carrying fleas.
  2. Insects in your soft furnishings and carpets. If you observe tiny insects jumping and crawling in your rugs, carpets and curtains, then, as you might imagine, this is an irrefutable sign that you have a flea infestation.
  3. Bites    on you or your family. Fleas will bite humans, so if you suddenly notice small, reddened bites on your body, or on any of your family, be aware that this is likely to be fleas, especially if the spots are itchy.

Get rid of fleas in your home…for good! Indoor pest control made easy

It’s really important to take action as swiftly as possible if you suspect you have a flea infestation. Firstly, address the problem at the root, by treating your pet with an appropriate flea remedy from the veterinarians. However, if the fleas have spread to the rest of your home, then you’ll need to take further action to get rid of the pests for good.

It’s inadvisable to attempt treating your home on your own. Eradicating a flea infestation permanently is something that is best left to expert pest controllers, who understand the nature of the problem more fully and can offer a suitable solution. In fact, attempting to tackle the issue on your own can actually be dangerous, as some chemicals are potentially harmful for humans and pets.

Finding a pest control company

Fortunately, there are a number of excellent pest control companies in your local area, who will be happy to come to your home and assess the problem fully. After an examination of your home, they’ll recommend the best course of action, with a firm focus on making the treatment as non-invasive and non-disruptive as possible.