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Tips To Keep Fleas Out Of Your Home

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Fleas! Need we say more? These insects need no description. You know what they look like and you know what issues they cause when they get into our homes. But what you may not know is how to keep them out. Here are some tips. Some you'll know. Others may surprise you.

Let's start with what you know. If you have pets, it is vital to get veterinary-prescribed products that protect your pets from a flea infestation. Fleas use host animals to ride into our homes. If you have a furry family member, you have a much greater chance of dealing with a flea infestation. Pet products are your first line of defense. They come in the form of powders, collars, sprays, ointments, medication, and more.

If you have pets, it is also important to give them proper maintenance. There are shampoos that will help to kill any fleas that get on your pet and also prepare their skin with essential oils that will work to repel fleas when your pet is outside. Once their bath is done, it is also a great idea to use a flea comb to examine your pet for what entomologists call flea dirt. Flea dirt is a nice name for flea droppings. If you get a substance on your flea comb that looks like dirt, use a paper towel to wipe it off. If the dirt causes reddish spots, then it is flea dirt. If you see fleas when you comb, drop them into soapy water. Soap breaks down surface tension on water and prevents the fleas from hopping out. By maintaining your pet, you can keep fleas from taking root in your home.

Another way to keep fleas out is with an ongoing pest control plan. When we say pest control, we're not actually talking about flea control. We're talking about wildlife control. Your fluffy family member isn't the only animal that can bring fleas into your home. Fleas come into homes on rodents and other furry mammals. Rodents are the worst. The foraging behavior of rodents, along with their nocturnal nature, make them the perfect vehicle to spread fleas all over your home. Keeping these creatures out will help you prevent secondary pests like mites, ticks, lice, and, of course, fleas.

At Big Blue Bug Solutions, we offer ongoing pest services that address all of the pest pressures in and around your home. Since one pest can introduce other pests, it is important to have a pest plan that takes care of a wide range of bugs and wildlife. If you are in our New England service area, let Big Blue Bug Solutions help you. We offer the most advanced and affordable pest service plans available. Reach out to us today to get your protection in place.