While Spring and Fall seem to be hot times for a flea infestation, the humid air and mild winters in our parts of Texas seem to keep fleas thriving almost year round. Sometimes you could be doing all the right things but a visiting friend or neighbor might just bring a couple in that have hitched a ride on a pant leg and here you go again!
Though a flea can jump up to 7” vertically, most humans will notice the tell-tale itchiness around the feet and ankles.
However fleas may have gotten into your home, how you handle the issue once you realize you have a problem can determine how bad the flea infestation will be and how soon the issue will be eradicated. Fleas are pretty small, about 1-3mm on average, and you may not even realize there is a problem until you see your pet scratching. Inspect your pet’s fur regularly.
An adult flea can survive up to 100 days without a blood host but once the female flea lays her eggs, the flea eggs will not stick to your pet’s fur, but rather will drop around the home on furniture, pet beds or wherever their favorite rest spot could be spreading the flea infestation.
Fleas thrive in overgrown, moist environments so keep grass trimmed and don’t over water the lawn.
Some of the things you can do to keep flea infestation out of your home and under control would be:
- Vacuum often. Fleas can survive in dusty forgotten corners where crumbs or other organic matter might be found. Remember to clean out the canister after vacuuming and if your vacuum cleaner has a bag, dispose of the bag right after to make sure you don’t just redeposit flea eggs to other areas of your home.
- Wash pet bedding on a regular basis to get rid of any stray fleas that may have been brought in
- Keep your grass cut short. Fleas will hide and thrive in an overgrown yard.
- Have your pest provider treat the yard, especially shaded areas of the yard where pets will choose to cool off and fleas could be hiding and lurking.
Remember, even if you don’t have pets, fleas can be found on raccoons, feral cats or other wild animals that may have wandered into your yard.
Because of the different life cycles of a flea, it could take multiple treatments to get them completely out of your home but with correct identification and diligence, you can get them out of your home. If you think you may have a flea infestation in your home or yard or other pest issues, contact Bio-Tech Pest Control today at 281-296-6022.