Measuring about 1/8th of an inch in length, fleas are tiny parasites; however, their presence can cause big problems! These pests require warm and humid conditions to develop through their life cycle, making flea activity prevalent in Shreveport and Bossier City during the summer months. Pet owners, specifically, must take great care to prevent fleas from infesting their homes. In the event of an infestation, eliminating the flea population can be a challenge for homeowners.
Preventative measures are key to keeping your home pest-free. In order to protect yourself and your pets from fleas, the following measures are recommended:
KEEP YOUR YARD MANICURED
Ensure your grass is trimmed short and your landscaping is cut back. This reduces areas where fleas can hide.
PROTECT YOUR YARD FROM STRAY ANIMALS
Utilize fencing or other methods to prevent animals from entering your yard. Stray animals, such as feral cats and raccoons, often carry fleas and other parasites.
KEEP CARPET AND FURNITURE CLEAN
Regularly vacuum your carpet and furniture, paying special attention to clean around baseboards and underneath cushions. Steam cleaning your carpet and furniture may also prove helpful. Our sister company, Porter’s Carpet Cleaners, provides professionally carpet and upholstery cleaning. You may reach them at 798-8080 to schedule a free quote!
PROTECT YOUR PETS
From store-bought topical treatments to prescription medications, there are many forms of preventative flea products on the market for pets. Consult your vet and begin a regimen which best suits your pets.
CHECK YOUR PETS
Keep an eye on your pets for any signs of flea activity, such as excessive grooming or scratching. Signs of fleas can often be seen near pets’ hindquarters.
If you feel your home has a flea infestation, it is recommended to contact a professional pest control company. At Anti-Pest, we have services to treat both the inside of your home and your yard. For a free inspection, you may call 221-6181 or e-mail us at PestSolutions@Anti-Pest.com