The first step in combating fleas for your pets is knowing their life cycle. The peak season for fleas is the summertime months. The flea eggs live in the ground. Once the larvae hatch, a flea can mature to adulthood on an average of two weeks during the summer.
When it comes to protecting your pet from the outside elements, the best thing to do is yard maintenance. There are two ways to reduce the flea population outdoors; heat and water. So when you keep your lawn cut short, the sunlight warms the ground and kills the flea larvae. After mowing your lawn, you should water it. This will drown any eggs where the sunlight does not reach. Also check for any shrubbery that is close and covers the ground. Trimming the bushes will allow the sun and water to penetrate the ground and kill the eggs.
Many people try to rid the yard of ants. But ants are the simple solution for controlling the flea population outside. That is because the ants are natural predators to fleas. The ants feed on the larvae.
Protecting Inside Your Home
One of the easiest ways to control any fleas in your home is by cleaning. During the peak flea season, you will need to:
- Vacuum the carpets and floors more often.
- Wash pet bedding frequently.
- Add a flea collar to not only your pet but also put one in your vacuum bag.
- Steam clean the carpeting during peak flea season.
Controlling the flea population inside your home is simple. The more often you clean, the more likely you are to pick up and kill the larvae. Removing the eggs, means you have less adult fleas to deal with later.
When protecting your pet from fleas, you have the standard flea collar. But, there are also some natural remedies that repel fleas. Before flea season begins, start adding brewer’s yeast and garlic to your pet’s diet.
Calling for Reinforcements
If you begin to feel like things are out of control, do not hesitate to call for help. Sorenson Pest Control can discuss a treatment plan to rid your home of fleas.