What Items Do Household Fleas Infest?

Nothing is more irritating than household fleas. These pests cause enormous distress for both homeowners and their pets. What’s more, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. That being said, it’s not impossible. The first step to doing this is knowing where they are hiding.

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Where do you find household fleas in your home?

Household fleas love places that are warm and soft. They are basically looking for places that mimic an animal’s hair. This means you’re most likely to find them hiding in soft materials. This includes your carpets and rugs. You can also find them in bedding and especially your pet’s bedding. Fleas also love to hideout in upholstered furniture and soft furnishings.

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But how do you know if you actually have fleas? The best way is to look out for their signs. The biggest of these signs are bites. These appear as small red bumps. There will also be a red ring around the dump. Also pay attention to where you find these bites. Household fleas will mostly bite on the lower part of your body, such as your ankles.

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Another big sign is if your cat or dog is scratching themselves. Something else you should watch out for is flea dirt. This looks like dark sand or black spots, and is basically flea droppings. If you have large numbers of fleas, you may actually see them visibly jumping around on carpets.

What do you do about household fleas in your home?

So, what can you do about household fleas? They are a challenge for residential properties. The best course of action is to immediately wash all of the items mentioned above. When it comes to your carpets and furniture, you should first vacuum them thoroughly. You may even want to have your carpets professionally cleaned.

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If this doesn’t solve the problem, then you may want to call in a professional pest control company. We can provide you with whole house treatment. This is usually necessary because fleas move around. Even if you vacuum carpets in one room, they simply migrate to another.

The best way to do this is by using either fumigation or heat treatments. While fumigation works, it is no longer the preferred method. Most modern pest controllers now use heat treatments. This is because the method provides clients with many advantages.

The biggest is that it does not use poisons or chemicals to stop these disease spreading pests. Instead, the room is heated with a machine and this kills the fleas. While it may sound like this wouldn’t work, it’s actually extremely effective. Another advantage of heat treatments is that it takes way less preparation than fumigation. Also, you can immediately return to your house once the treatment is over. You don’t need to let a household flea infestation ruin you comfort!

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