- Posted by Haggerty Services
- On April 24, 2017
Fleas and ticks love the hot humid Florida weather. For the effective control of fleas, you have to remove them from both your pet and home and should be done at the same time. In severe infestations, treating outdoor spaces and yards may be necessary. When eliminating fleas, you want to make sure to remove eggs, developing and adult fleas, as well as flea feces (“flea dirt”), which the larvae feed on.
Talk to your vet about the best way to treat your dog or cat who is suffering from fleas. He or she can suggest shampoos, including organic and/or holistic types, dusts and topical treatments. And while you are treating your pet, be sure to clean your home thoroughly.
Fleas generally hang out where your pets do; their sleeping areas and favorite spots on the rug. Try creating one sleeping area for your pet and clean it regularly. Use bedding that can be washed or thrown away weekly. Keep pets from areas that are difficult to treat, such as children’s play areas.
Vacuuming will not eliminate flea populations, but will help keep them reduced. Vacuums remove eggs, larvae, adults, and flea dirt, but not pupae, which stick to the carpet fibers. Steam cleaners are usually more effective.
Borax and boric acid can be used on carpet, but may eventually cause damage to carpet fabric or upholstery. Linalool is extract from citrus peels registered for indoor flea control. There are also many insecticidal sprays and aerosols for use on carpet, but they may not be desirable to homeowners uncomfortable with synthetic insecticides. (source: IFAS Extension, UF).
For severe flea infestations, call Haggerty Pest Services. We are experienced in remedying flea and tick situations. Don’t go it alone; get it done right the first time.