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A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Rid Of Fleas

Flea on skin

Fleas are tiny insects that can be difficult to spot. While they are able to be seen with the naked eye, their tiny bodies are able to easily hide in the fibers of your carpets, rugs, and furniture or even your pet's fur. If you see these bothersome bugs around your home, you should act fast to ensure that they don't cause big issues for you or your pets. 

At Miche Pest Control, we understand the serious dangers that fleas can cause. That is why our pest control technicians have spent the last several years coming up with innovative flea control solutions. Here is a look at the best way to quickly and permanently get rid of fleas in your home.

Fleas In The Home Are A Health Hazard

Fleas are a hazard for many reasons. For starters, their bites cause intense itching and discomfort. They are also known carriers of dangerous diseases. If you are bitten by an infected flea, you could end up catching murine typhus. 

Fleas are known as external parasites. However, they can spread internal parasites to both people and humans. If you or your pet accidentally swallows an infected flea, you could become infected with tapeworms. 

Fleas are also known to make pets extremely sick. Because most pets have fur covering their bodies, fleas are able to easily hide and stay on your pet's skin for a long period of time. If they continue to bite your pet and drink its blood, your pet could become anemic.

Step 1: Identify That You Have a Flea Infestation

Fleas have dark brown bodies that are only about 1/12 to ? of an inch long. Because they are so small, they are easily overlooked. However, even if you don't see these tiny creatures in your home, you should have your home inspected for fleas if you notice these signs:

  • Small, red, and itchy flea bites on your skin that may be in a straight line or clustered together
  • Seeing your pet scratching more than usual
  • Noticing bald spots or loss of fur in your pets
  • Seeing tiny black flea droppings, also known as flea dirt, on your carpet, furniture, or pet's bed

Another way to tell if you have fleas in your home is to do the sock test. With this test, you should put on a pair of clean white socks. Then, walk around each room that has carpet in it. Before you go to the next room, inspect your socks to see if there are any small, dark fleas on them. If you even see one flea on your socks, you should have your home treated for fleas before they have a chance to spread. 

Step 2: Call The Professionals For Total Flea Elimination

It can be difficult to treat a flea infestation on your own. Killing adult fleas is easy enough, but when you have several hundred or thousand fleas in your home, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them all. Additionally, when the flea is still in the egg or has entered the pupa stage, regular pesticides are not effective. 

The best way to eliminate all fleas from your home is to call a professional. A professional pest control specialist will have the right tools and techniques to eliminate fleas at every stage of life. 

Step 3: Effective Tips To Prevent Fleas From Returning

If you want to ensure that fleas don't come back, you should vacuum your home often and use flea treatments on your pets. Also, you should call the professionals at Miche Pest Control. We use a multi-step process that will eliminate existing fleas and prevent them from coming back in the future. Give us a call today to see how we can make your home flea-free once again.