Fleas and ticks are notoriously annoying pests. Fleas are so tiny and acrobatic that it can be hard to spot them at first. On the other hand, ticks are slow but great at hiding in fur and hair until they’ve already bitten their host.
Both fleas and ticks are well-known to carry diseases that can be dangerous to both humans and pets. For example, fleas can transmit typhus, tapeworms, and even the plague. In addition, ticks can spread Lyme disease and other severe illnesses.
While they will generally target pets before humans, their populations can quickly get out of hand if left unchecked. Please make sure you know how to eliminate them from your home.
How to eliminate fleas and ticks from your home
Here are a few ways to target flea and tick infestations in your home. If you can’t seem to get rid of these pests, then be sure to call a professional pest control service.
Wash bedding frequently
Fleas and ticks are often found on pet bedding. Wash all pet and human bedding in hot, soapy water. If the infestation is severe, you may have to throw away infected bedding and replace it with new material.
Daily vacuuming is an excellent way to get rid of fleas, ticks, and their eggs. Use a powerful vacuum on carpets, floors, cushions, and cracks along the base board s. Be sure to clean the vacuum bag well or use disposable bags that you can remove from your home.
Try a steam cleaner
Hot steam and soapy water is an effective way to kill fleas and ticks. Steam all carpets and upholstery as often as you can. This will break the reproduction cycle of fleas and ticks.
Eliminate outdoor fleas and ticks habitats
If your pets are often outside, they’re picking up the fleas and ticks from somewhere in the area. They like to hide in shaded, warm, and moist areas. Keep your grass mowed and bushes trimmed to cut down on hiding spots. In addition, remove lawn debris and reduce shaded areas.
Call an exterminator
It can be tough to remove a flea or tick infestation on your own completely. However, a professional will be able to devise the appropriate strategy for eliminating these pests from your home. You can even have them conduct routine visits to ensure that your infestation never gets out of control again.
Professional exterminators will know if your situation can be solved with less invasive methods or if it requires larger-scale solutions like pesticides. Get in touch with a trusted local pest management service and ask for their advice. If you’ re in the Colorado Springs area, please reach out to us, and we’ d be happy to help you exterminate your fleas and ticks. Areas with excessive wildlife are also susceptible for frequent fleas and ticks.