Fleas are a very common issue, even in the cleanest of homes and offices. Did you know that there are more than 2,000 different species of fleas worldwide? It’s true, fleas are everywhere, so it's important to be prepared, whether you're at home or traveling with your cat or dog. Due to factors such as local climate conditions, the flea season as recommended by the Flea Index may vary from year to year. It should also be noted that fleas (in their various stages) can survive indoors during the cold weather months. As flea-control professionals, AAA Exterminating can tell home and business owners when the flea season has started, how long it is expected to last, as well as the best time to begin flea control for your cat or dog.
Once you have decided you need to contact a professional to take care of a flea problem, here are some tips to help prepare ahead of time.
How You Can Help Your Family and Your Pets
Cooperation is critical for a successful flea control program. When you contact a professional flea control service there are important things you need to do immediately before and after home and lawn treatments. Here’s what to expect and your role in the process to ensure an optimal outcome:
- Take your pets to a veterinarian to be checked and treated for fleas.
- Remove flea collar from buckle and cut collar in half. Place collar halves into a disposable bag or empty compartment. Vacuum carpets, floors, rugs, and upholstered furniture.
- Wash all pet bedding.
- Clean or vacuum wood and tile floors paying special attention to grooves, cracks, and baseboards.
- Be sure to remove all pet bowls, toys, decorative items, pillows, food, and other items off the floor, including any that are under the bed or in closets, so that all areas can be treated.
- Make arrangements for everyone, including pets, to remain out of your home for approximately 3 hours after the treatment to allow treated areas to dry completely.
- Cover fish tanks and remove birds and other pets when the flea control technician arrives. Certain animals are required to be out of the home longer than 3 hours. Check with your veterinarian prior to treatment for specific recommendations.
Once your home and yard has been professionally treated, there are important things you need to do.
- All occupants and animals should stay off treated surfaces until they are dry.
- Vacuum carpets, with flea collar, every day or every other day until problem is resolved. Don't be alarmed if you see adult fleas after treatment. These fleas were in the pupa and egg stages, which are unaffected by the insecticide application. The product residual left behind will kill adult fleas as they hatch. Additional follow up visits may be needed to achieve complete elimination.
- Fleas will hitch a ride on anything and anyone. Be sure to check for holes in all screens, including foundation vents and other home access areas, to keep mice, rats, squirrels, and other flea-infested, wild animals out.
Think your home may need flea control? Call AAA Exterminating. Just contact us to make an appointment by calling 1(888) 860-5474 today!