PUBLISHED ON March 7th, 2011
If you’ve ever had pets, you probably have had a run-in with fleas. They are one of the most common infestations a household can get, and they aren’t even restricted to pet owners.
Since they lie dormant during the cold months, most people don’t give fleas a second thought during winter. However, taking care of a flea infestation during the winter is a great way to avoid an irritating and costly infestation come spring. Here are four tips for spotting and treating flea infestations:
Regularly check your dog, cat or other household pet for fleas and flea eggs. This can be done during a bath, a brushing or even while petting your animal. Pets are the number one way fleas enter your house, so if your pet is infested there’s a good chance the rest of your home will be soon.
You may not see any fleas themselves, but you can often spot a flea infestation by noticing your pet scratching, biting its coat or grooming more than usual. Another way to test for fleas is to set your pet on a white piece of paper or other neutral surface and rub its coat vigorously for a minute. If you see black flecks among the pet hair that has fallen, those are probably flea feces.
Flea collars, flea baths and once-a-month pest control solutions aren’t only good for your pets, they’re good for you. Fleas bites can cause skin irritation, and in some cases fleas can pass along pathogens like tapeworms. Keep your pets medicated and clean, and keep up with household chores like vacuuming.
No matter how hard you try, you will probably experience a flea infestation at some point in your life, even if you don’t own any pets. If you notice fleas or flea eggs on your pets, couch or carpet, start a flea control treatment immediately.
Contact a professional pest control company if the infestation has gotten out of control. Look for a company that offers high-quality, environmentally friendly pest control solutions at an affordable cost.