How to Prepare for Flea Pest Control
Before flea pest control, there are a few things you need to do to prepare your home for treatment. This includes removing all pets, cleaning and disinfecting all carpets and floors, destroying and disposing of any pet bedding that has fleas on it, and preparing the yard for the pesticides to be applied.
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Fleas are a blood-feeding pest that lives off of the blood of their hosts, which can include cats and dogs. When fleas bite humans or pets they can cause itching and redness, which may become inflamed if scratched repeatedly.
There are several ways to get rid of fleas at home and one of the best is through professional pest control. A professional pest control company will come to your house to inspect the condition of your property and create a treatment plan that is right for you and your specific situation.
The pest control expert will offer you two options to kill fleas in your home, which include heat treatment and chemical treatment. Heat treatment is more natural than chemical treatments and it is a quick and effective method of killing fleas.
Chemical treatment involves applying a residual insecticide to the treated area and letting it sit for a period of time, typically 30 days. This will kill fleas that have already hatched, as well as prevent new ones from hatching.
After the initial spraying, it is important to vacuum regularly so that all fleas can be eliminated from your home, as they can continue to hatch for up to 2 weeks after the initial treatment.
Vacuuming helps to spread the residual insecticide over a wider surface area and will help to reduce the number of fleas that remain. In addition, it will also keep fleas from flying back into the house after they have been killed by the chemicals.
If you have pets, they should be kept off the treated areas for at least a couple of hours following the treatment. If you have birds, reptiles, amphibians, or hamsters, make sure that they are covered before the treatment starts and that their containers are tightly sealed. Birds, hamsters, and reptiles can be affected by many types of pesticides.
Before the pest control professional leaves your home, vacuum thoroughly. This will ensure that all of the chemicals will be evenly distributed over your home and that no areas are left untouched. It will also help to remove any remaining flea eggs and larvae that may be present on your carpets and flooring.
You should vacuum all of the carpets and throw rugs, as well as the hardwood floors, linoleum, and tiles in your home, to remove any residual pesticide that might be left behind. Then, clean any furniture, upholstery, or other surfaces that may have been contaminated by the pesticides.
For heavy infestations, wash and destroy all pet bedding that has fleas on it. For light infestations, it is a good idea to wash the bedding in hot water once a week to eliminate any fleas that might be on it.