The idea of fleas and ticks alone is enough to have any scratching and stressing. For pet owners, it is particularly stressful. Dealing with an infestation of fleas and ticks is no easy task. These annoying little pests can quickly infest your pets and your home. On top of that, they can be very difficult to get rid of. If fleas and ticks manage to hitch a ride into your home, you might be dealing with the issue for a long time if not properly and thoroughly treated. Even if you eliminate the infestation on your animal’s body, it will continue to be an issue until you fix the problem in your home and your yard.
Identifying Fleas and Ticks
The majority of fleas and ticks hitch a ride into your home by pets and are a result of tall grass in the yard. Sometimes if another pet with fleas or ticks plays with your pet, they can pass them along and infest your yard as well. Fleas and ticks can also hitch a ride using humans. When in contact with humans, tick bites can lead to serious diseases like Lymes Disease. Always inspect yourself and your pets after being in areas with dense, tall grass and bushes.
For your pets, start at the neck with a flea comb and work your way down. Drop the fleas and ticks into hot and soapy water to kill them. Next, speak to your veterinarian about flea and tick treatment options. Be sure to consistently and regularly treat them to eliminate the food source for these pests.
Clean and Treat Your Home
Be sure to clear off any carpeted areas of your home to thoroughly vacuum and clean them. Vacuum as much of your home as possible. This can help pick up extra larvae, eggs, nests, and other fleas. All of the pillows, blankets, and couches should be thoroughly cleaned as well.
Next, it is best to take your children and pets out of the house for additional treatment. For serious flea and tick infestations, it is also best to throw away and replace any pet bedding. Call in the experts at Houseman Services to treat your home. We use the safest and most effective methods on the market to ensure the infestation is eliminated.
Treat Your Yard
After taking care of your pet and handling the issue indoors, you are almost done. Your final, crucial step to eliminating a flea infestation in your home is taking care of the yard. At Houseman Services, our experts can help with pest control inside and outside your home. A good way to test a flea or tick infestation in your yard is by walking the perimeter and all the areas your pet likes to hang out while wearing tall, white socks. Do this walk a few times a week and at different times of the day. You will be able to see the fleas by their contrast against the white and it can help you gauge how big of an issue it is.
Call in the Experts
Our experts at Houseman Services understand the world of flea and tick infestations in and out. It is our goal to keep you, your family, and your pets safe and comfortable from pests in the house and yard. We know how frustrating a flea and tick infestation can be when trying to shake them for good. We are experienced and know how to handle it. Houseman Services can save you the headache of trial and error. If you have any questions or are experiencing an infestation, give us a call or contact us today!