It’s flea season. A walk in the woods, a frolic in the park with other dogs, even a snooze in your backyard can expose Rover to fleas. And since the little blood suckers aren’t too particular about who they’re eating, fleas on Rover can mean fleas on you, on your kids and in your house. (See our June 12 post).
What can you do to help control a flea infestation? Take some advice from the experts at the National Pest Management Association:
- Clean and vacuum your home frequently to remove existing flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs.
- Be sure to keep your lawn well groomed as this can thwart rodents (including squirrels), who are often flea carriers, from finding hiding spots and food sources so close to your home. Applying an insecticide to your lawn once a month can help; just make sure to keep your pets indoors during and after applications until it’s safe (check product directions).
- Fleas tend to travel with mammals on the move, including rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home, fleas may be soon to follow. Call a pest professional to rid your home of both.
- To protect your pets, keep them on a leash when outdoors. Be sure to bathe and groom your pets regularly using a flea shampoo.
- Have your pets visit a veterinarian annually and use flea treatments according to directions.
If fleas are biting you, give the pest control experts at Stern Environmental Group a call. We can get rid of the fleas and any rodents that might be harboring them. Visit our website to learn about our insect and wildlife control services. You’ll sleep well tonight when you get “Stern” with your pests.