Any pet owner can tell you of the horror of finding your pet madly scratching at fleas. Unfortunately, by that time, it’s too late to control the fleas, so you need to be in damage control model to eradicate any infestation before it spreads.
Fleas don’t always rely on pets to get in to your home. They can travel on humans, on clothes, in your luggage, and especially in dirt if you are working on the garden. Luckily there are a few DIY methods which help to curtail and discourage flea populations.
1. Wash everything
Fleas love to hide their eggs in bedding and fibrous material. The first step, if your pet has fleas, is to wash them thoroughly with flea shampoo. Quarantine your pets so they can’t spread the infestation and make sure they’re kept away from other flea-friendly surfaces until you’ve properly cleaned.
Wash all sheets, bedding, clothes, rugs, mattresses, and blankets which your pet has come in to contact with. If your pet’s bed looks like it could be infested, with brown dirt which turns out to be fleas, eggs, excrement and other nasty things then throw it out and get a new one. You’ll also want to vacuum floors and rugs thoroughly every day or two to make sure any residual eggs are caught.
2. Set up flea traps
Most flea infestations in Perth start with a pet bringing them in from the garden. Fleas like to lay eggs in shady areas in your garden. Look for brown patches (larvae) and expose them to sunlight to kill them before they become a bigger problem.
Dish soap traps are a handy DIY flea repellent. Set up a shallow dish with water and detergent and place it near a light. Fleas are attracted to the light source and when they fall in the soapy water will end up trapped there.
3. Call the experts
Like any DIY pest control, getting rid of fleas is harder than it sounds. A lot of online how-to guides recommend chemical pest control methods but these can be harmful to pets and children. Here at The Pest Guys we recommend you avoid the risk altogether. There are a few natural remedies you can employ at home to reduce the advancement of fleas, such as citrus sprays or the widely used diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous Earth is a low cost organic powder that kills fleas by puncturing the exoskeleton.
Our flea treatment methods start with a thorough inspection of your home to make sure we catch all the sneaky insects you might have missed. We will then treat all areas which could be harbouring flea fugitives, making sure to use natural products which won’t harm you or your pets. Included in every Pest Guys flea treatment is the use of Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs). IGRs are essential for flea treatment because they prevent the larvae from developing in to adults, and make the adults sterile.
Try these at-home flea treatments and if you are still having pest problems give The Pest Guys a call straight away to book your flea control treatment.