If you’ve ever had pets, you probably have had a run-in with fleas. This pest is one of the most common infestations a Pacific Northwest household can get, and they aren’t restricted to pet owners.
Since fleas lie dormant during the cold months, most people don’t give them a second thought during winter. However, taking care of a flea infestation during the winter is a great way to avoid an irritating and costly infestation come spring. Here are three ways for spotting and treating flea infestations:
Check Your Pets
Regularly check your dog, cat or other household pet for fleas and flea eggs. This can be done during a bath, a brushing or even while petting your animal. Pets are the number one way fleas enter your house, so if your pet is infested there’s a good chance the rest of your home will be soon.
You may not see any fleas right away, but you can often spot a flea infestation by noticing your pet scratching, biting its coat or grooming more than usual. Grooming is an ideal way to check for fleas on your pet. Set your pet on a white piece of paper or other neutral surface and rub its coat vigorously for a minute after grooming. If you see black flecks among the pet hair that has fallen, those are probably flea feces.
Take Preventative Steps
Flea collars, flea baths and once-a-month pest control solutions aren’t only good for your pets, they’re good for you. Fleas bites can cause skin irritation, and in some cases fleas can pass along pathogens like tapeworms.
Fleas like to live on pets, but they can also live on furniture and rugs for more than 100 days, so it is important to empty out bagless vacuum cleaners and dust your furniture regularly. Keep your pets medicated and clean, and keep up with household chores.
Treat Flea Infestations Immediately
No matter how hard you try, you will probably experience a flea infestation at some point in your life, even if you don’t own any pets. Most flea infestations begin with an outside source, so you catch fleas from any dog carrying it in your yard or lawn.
Fleas can be potentially damaging to your pets and to your property. If you notice fleas or flea eggs on your pets, couch or carpet, start a flea control treatment immediately.
Call a Professional
Contact a professional pest control company if the infestation has gotten out of control. Look for a company that offers high-quality, environmentally friendly pest control solutions at an affordable cost. If you are facing a flea infestation on your Pacific Northwest property, contact Western Exterminators today for an inspection.