Most of the flea calls we receive are from frustrated homeowners who have been fighting to control fleas for weeks, sometimes months with no results. At most, they’re bathing their pet using some type of flea product or using a flea collar recommended by their vet. Then, they’re cleaning their house and using some type of over the counter flea treatment to spot treat their house.
This is all great, as it’s a step in the right direction. The problem is, the flea cycle either starts all over again in a couple weeks or just slows them down; it doesn’t get rid of them.
Getting rid of fleas in the house is no easy task. Trust us, we understand! It’s a must for both us and the customer to be on the same team.
Because of their biology and the fact that no flea control products are able to penetrate through their cocoon stage, it makes it extremely hard to achieve the end result we both desire, flea free. This is the reason we have to use 3 different products when treating your home.
To be flea free there’s a good amount of work involved. What people don’t realize is there’s a good amount of work for you, the homeowner. Prepping the house correctly is vital to eliminating your flea problem. There’s simply no short-cuts on either of our ends.
Spot treating your home and only paying attention to flea “hot spots” is not the best method. Going above and beyond is always the better route to take when it comes to flea control.
Prepping and treating your entire house is the best way to get rid of fleas in a house.
Flea Control (what we need to do.)
- Treat all carpeted surfaces entirely.
- Treat all furniture entirely except leather, wood and suede.
- Treat baseboards of all hard surfaces. (depending on one’s circumstances we might treat all hard floor surfaces entirely)
- Consider where pests spend the most time.
- Treat all rugs top and bottom.
- Treat the sides and under beds.
Flea Control (what you the homeowner needs to do.)
- Vacuum all carpeted floors and upholstered furniture. Make sure to dispose of the bag in the trash.
- Wash all hard surface floors with warm soapy water.
- Remove all items from closet floors, beneath beds and dressers.
- Wash all bedding to included mattress pads, sheets and skirts.
- Wash your pet’s bedding and all litter boxes.
- Wash any clothes and blankets that could possibly contain fleas. Just think, where do your pets spend most of their time? (Studies have shown fleas can jump a distance of 50-100 times their body size, this is equal to around 13 inches)
- Make sure all kids’ toys and smaller items are off the floors.
- No pets should be present in the house. (We strongly recommend taking them to the vet to get bathed for fleas)
In our experience, this method provides the best results for flea control and flea prevention.
Being able to have your home back is a great feeling and a huge relief. Also, knowing your animals are relieved of all the screeching, pain, and interruption fleas can cause is even better.
Everyone’s home is different and flea problems range. We understand this and not every flea treatment is exactly the same.