June 9, 2014
Flea Season Is Here
Summertime is great for having fun in the sun or taking some time to relax in the warmer weather. The warmer temperatures, however, bring other less desired things as well. About a week ago, I walked into my mother’s house and I was shocked at what we found inside.
Fleas covered the floor all over the house. Upon entering the tile hallway, I could swear there were at least 15 to 20 fleas visible on every square foot tile. I was in the house for a grand total of two minutes and had endured at least ten flea bites, although many more had jumped on my clothes. Never had I ever seen so many fleas in my life. Even when our dogs had fleas when I was younger, you had to really dig through their fur to find them. This was something else. This was an infestation.
Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments, and it just so happens that all of the elements came together to create the perfect storm for the fleas in our house. First, the temperature was warming up outside. Fleas are most commonly found during the warmer months of the year, and they do best in temperatures of 65-80 degrees. Once it gets hotter than that, they will go to shady areas outside in the yard where your animals love to lay, or they will creep inside to the climate controlled house. My mother has been traveling for work, so she wasn’t there to keep the problem in check. After two weeks of being gone, temperatures rising and rains that caused flooding in the area, the fleas had multiplied exponentially.
Fleas are not only annoying pests that can cause bites and itching, they can also, like most insects, carry diseases with them. If left unchecked, fleas can take over a house like any other pest. Once it gets to the level that it was in my mother’s house, you pretty much have to call a professional. There are, however, some ways that you can prevent fleas before they become a problem.
The first thing to do in order to prevent fleas is to treat your animals. There are many different flea preventatives, but the best are the ones that sterilize the fleas that do bite your animal so they can no longer reproduce and become a bigger issue. The house can be treated for bugs, especially before the summer months begin. It is also just as important, if not more important, to treat your yard. Many animals may spend a majority of their time in the backyard, which is where the fleas will originate. The good news about treating your yard or house for fleas is that the poison or preventative often works for more than just fleas and can help keep your house bug-free all summer long.
My mom has tried everything since we discovered the fleas, including setting off foggers in the house and cleaning the carpets to remove eggs, but they just keep coming back. Make sure that you keep your house and furry friends flea-free by taking preventative measures to save yourself money and stress.
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