Getting rid of fleas and ticks when the summer heats up can be challenging. Fleas especially thrive in hot, humid temperatures. And once your home is infested, it can take several flea and tick treatments over a few months to get rid of them. It’s best to take care of the problem early before they become a major infestation.
The first step in preventing a flea and tick infestation at home is to properly care for your pets on a regular basis. Topical, or oral flea treatment once every month is an excellent method to eliminate fleas and ticks. Bathing dogs with medicated flea & tick shampoo also isn’t a bad idea. It lowers the chance
With a little upkeep, pest, and vermin protection, you can make your yard unappealing to fleas and ticks. Maintain a short grass height and trim bushes and plants to reduce hiding places (particularly for ticks).
Consider treating your yard with a product from your local hardware store that is meant to kill and prevent fleas and ticks. You can also have it done by a professional pest control firm as an extra precaution.
Even after being vacuumed, flea eggs and larvae can survive for a long time. House cleaning, when done correctly, may help to prevent flea infestations by removing the insects’ breeding places. Adult fleas deposit their eggs on carpeted floors, inside furniture legs, around baseboards, and in other hiding places.
Consider utilizing a home-made flea treatment on your pets to get rid of and prevent fleas. 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 quart water, and a few drops of essential oil such as lavender are mixed together in a large spray bottle. Directly spritz the solution onto your pet’s skin without spraying it into their face, eyes, or mouth. Rub it in well, and make sure to get behind their ears and around their neck. Let your pet air dry, or you can use a hair dryer on low heat. Do this once a week until the fleas are gone.
Some flea & tick cases call for a professional. Even if you’ve been vigilant in flea and tick control and prevention on pets, in your home, and around your property, a flea infestation can still occur. A professional exterminator will do a thorough inspection of your home to identify areas of infestation and provide you with pest control options and recommendations to get rid of fleas & ticks and prevent them from coming back. Routine pest control, either on a quarterly or monthly basis, will also help to reduce the chances of a flea infestation developing.
To sum it up, prevention is the best way to deal with fleas and ticks. Treat your pets regularly with pest control products when the weather gets warmer, keep your house clean, and maintain a proper yard for protection.
If you do find yourself battling an infestation after all those steps have been taken care of, consider calling a professional pest control company.