With warming weather in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut, flea infestations are poised for an uptick. We have collected some quintessential tips to prevent and control flea infestations. If you follow these tips and practice good habits, you can limit the exposure to your property, family, and pets in the coming months.
- Keep your property clean. Fleas thrive in woodpiles, piles of misc. stored items, piles of construction project leftovers, etc. These piles will attract rodents with fleas.
- Deep clean egg hotspots: Carpeted and floor areas under furniture and inside furniture especially the furniture your pets like to lay on. Focus under the cushions and all the nooks and crannies.
- Regularly wash pet bedding and vacuum adjacent floor/carpet areas.
- Treat for the carriers too. Mice, rats, raccoons, and other common house pests are notorious for transporting fleas. Even into your home. Think… how did my “housebound” kitty get fleas? Answer, catching mice…that have fleas!
- Keep your pets healthy. Regularly check your pets for signs of fleas. Follow our guide for an in-depth guide for pet flea care.
- Practice good pet hygiene: Frequent baths, grooming, and care.
- Speak with a professional veterinarian about flea control medication. Graduate has never treated a home for fleas where the pet(s) have been treated with a veterinarian recommended product regularly.
Additional Steps to Prevent Flea Infestations
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has a wealth of additional resources when it comes to fleas. Learn how to identify a flea bite and the potential effects of the insects. Of course, the best course of action is to have regular flea and tick treatments on your property if you truly want to minimize the chances of a flea infestation.
The team at Graduate Pest Solutions can help. Call us at 413-566-8222 or contact us with any questions or if you are experiencing a flea infestation. We have the knowledge and service necessary to help keep your home pest-free!