A flea infestation often begins with a scratch. You notice that your dog or cat is scratching and your heart sinks. But that scratching doesn't necessarily mean your dog or cat has fleas. The first step is to figure out whether or not fleas are causing the scratching. The best way to do this is to use a grooming comb and check your pet for flea dirt or adult fleas. Flea dirt (which is flea feces) looks like tiny blackish-brown specks. Adult fleas are the size of a small seed and kinda look like one. They are brownish-red. If you see either of these, hopefully, it isn't too late to prevent fleas from taking root inside your home. Here's what you need to know.

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Before Fleas Infest

If fleas are on your pet, it doesn't mean you have an infestation. It can take two to three weeks for fleas to go from egg to adult inside your home. Before that happens, you may want to do the following:

  • Wash your pet's bedding

  • Vacuum your pet's bed

  • Wash the blankets on your bed

  • Vacuum your rugs frequently

  • Go to your vet and get flea control products

  • Give your pet a bath or a powder

  • If your pet doesn't have a flea collar, consider getting one

When you're only dealing with a few fleas in a few isolated locations, you may be able to stop an infestation with these steps. But, the sad truth is that fleas tend to spread around and infestations are hard to stop.  

Flea Product Treatments

There are many products that can be used to control fleas but these can be just as frustrating as natural remedies if they aren't applied properly. You can spray and powder your whole house and still have a flea infestation. Why? It has to do with how fleas develop.

  • As eggs, they may be in your pet's bedding, on the rug, on your bed, on your furniture, or any number of other places but those eggs are hard to destroy with most products.

  • As newly hatched larvae, they may be under the fibers of fabrics and carpet, making it difficult to suck them up with a vacuum or get topical flea control products to come into contact with them.

  • As cocooned pupa, they are nearly as protected as they were in their eggs.

  • Once pupa become adults and hatch from their cocoons, they can be anywhere in your home, including on your dog, your cat, or a rodent living inside your walls.

This is why so many people get frustrated by flea control and why fleas are best left to the professionals. Fleas are resilient pests.

Where Professional Flea Control Fits Into The Big Picture

When you contact Aiken Pest Control to eliminate fleas from your South Carolina home, we don't just come over and spray. We use residual products and field-tested strategies to break the cycle of infestation and get your home back to being flea-free. You pay once and you get the results you're looking for. You don't have to treat your home over and over again and expend energy you don't have bathing your pets, spraying your home, vacuuming your rugs, cleaning bedding, and more. For more information or to schedule service for your home, reach out to us today.


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