Summer Flea Problems Still Around in October

If your pets are itching more than usual this year, they are not alone.  In fact, recent reports estimate a jump in flea cases by as much as 50% over the spring and summer of 2011.  An those fleas could wreak havoc on more than just your pets. If there are fleas and/or ticks in your home, it’s better to tackle the problem sooner rather than later. No matter what pest control company you choose, these preparation tips should help:

Remove all toys, decorative items, pillows, pet food and water dishes, and other items from floors so all areas can be treated.  Also, remove articles from under beds, furniture, and closet floors.

Remove or cover fish tanks and air pumps.  Where fish tanks remain, turn off air pumps before application (remember to turn pump on again after treatment has dried)

Thoroughly vacuum the carpets, baseboards, and furniture (especially under cushions), paying attention to areas where pets rest or sleep.  Research has shown that vacuuming effectively removes flea eggs and adults and aids penetration of the treatment into the carpets.  It is important to vacuum after the treatment as well.

After vacuuming, remove the vacuum cleaner bag (if applicable), seal it in a plastic bag and discard in an outdoor trash container.

Wash, dry clean or destroy all pet bedding.  Thoroughly wash all throw rugs.  Continue weekly as long as you have an active infestation.

Contact us today with any questions about services and treatments available.