When it comes to fleas, some people purchase a flea collar for their furry family member and call it good. But, while flea collars are a good place to start, they aren't the end-all for the prevention of flea infestations. Collars have many issues. There are some dogs that are sensitive to the active ingredient in some flea collars. This can lead to hair loss and skin irritation. Some collars present a risk to people due to active ingredients that exceed acceptable EPA exposure limits. And no flea collar can completely protect a dog or cat from picking up fleas and carrying them into your home. There are better solutions for preventing flea infestations. Here's what the experts at Arrow Pest Control recommend.
Fleas don't hop into your yard, they hitch a ride in. Even this isn't straightforward. Fleas don't hop off wild animals and wait in your lawn to hop onto your dog or cat. They lay eggs and the eggs drop off into your yard. When those eggs hatch, the flea larvae look for flea dirt for sustenance. Flea dirt is the feces of adult fleas, which also falls off animals that roam around in your yard. If an animal hides in a location or beds down in a location, that area can become a breeding spot for fleas because a concentration of flea dirt will be close enough for flea larvae to feed on it and then develop into adult fleas. This is important to understand. If you prevent wildlife from finding locations to hide or bed down on your property, you can reduce flea populations.
- Install fencing to prevent access. Be sure to put fencing at least a foot below the surface to prevent animals from burrowing under.
- Remove objects that sit on the ground near your home.
- Trim landscaping to prevent overgrowth that can offer a hiding place.
Wildlife will come into your yard for food. When you remove food or protect food sources, you reduce wildlife traffic.
- Bird feeders: Mice can have many fleas on them and a highly-attractive food source for mice is birdseed that falls from bird feeders.
- Keep feeders at least 20 feet from your home.
- Trash: Many furry animals that come into your yard can get into your trash or knock your trash over to get a meal. Make sure trash bags are in covered receptacles and secure your receptacles to prevent them from being tipped over.
- Trees: Some animals chew on bark. If you're noticing girding, consider installing guards around the base of your trees.
Puddles provide a drink for wildlife. If you have conditions around your home that allow for the collection of rainwater, you should address them.
- Clean your gutters or fix breaks in your gutter system.
- Repair leaky spigots.
- Remove objects that act as containers for rainwater.
Outdoor Play Areas
If you have a dog, it is a good idea to create a fenced-in area for your dog. This will make it more difficult for wildlife to get in and lead flea eggs and flea dirt. It will also keep your dog(s) from exploring hiding places around your yard where fleas may be waiting for a host.
Natural Flea Control for Your Interior
There are some things you can do inside your home to make it resistant to fleas. Washing pet bedding routinely can eliminate fleas before they develop. Vacuuming your rugs with a powerful vacuum can suck up flea dirt, larvae, and eggs before the eggs hatch or before the larvae can develop. If a rodent gets into your home, it will be able to spread fleas around much more efficiently if it finds a room with clutter on the floor. Open spaces make rodents nervous so they stay close to the walls. A heap of clothes or lots of toys lying around is an open invitation for rodents to drop flea eggs and flea dirt everywhere.
The Best Solution for Flea Control
Fleas are pernicious pests that are hard to keep out and hard to eliminate. The best way to control fleas is to collaborate with your veterinarian and a licensed pest control provider. Your vet can guide you in the purchase of flea control products that are right for your pet and right for your family. A pest control provider can provider interior treatments if needed and ongoing treatments around your home to control flea populations. On top of this, a pest provider will give you monitoring and management of rodents that can chew their way into your home and bring fleas in with them.
If you need assistance with flea control in New Jersey, let the team at Arrow Pest Control help. We have comprehensive services to control difficult pest problems like flea infestations. We can help you keep your home flea-free.
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