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How to Get Rid of Fleas

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1. Get Your Home Inspected

The very thought of fleas in your home or business premises is enough to make most people’s skin crawl, but it can happen through no fault of your own. These fleas could have come from your pets that can pick up fleas from other animals or places and then give them a ride home. Flea problem can also occur if your visitor bring along an infested mammal to visit your place. And once they arrive, you’ll want to get rid of them fast before the nighmare of unbearable itch happens.

It can be very challenging to completely eradicate fleas on your own as flea eggs and larvae are difficult to detect due to their living habits deep inside your carpets, furnitures, and other places like your pet's shelter. You might have spotted some adult flea feeding on your pet, but what about those in their premature stages? The exact number of fleas housing in your property can be shocking. Early detection of the flea problem can help to significantly reduce the risks of this biting insect to you and the people you care for.

The first step to getting rid of fleas effectively will be to carefully examine your property, especially areas such as carpets, furnishings, and cracks in the floorboards. An inspection by professionals can help to ascertain the flea problem and ensure that the most effective solution is to be carried out.

2. Choose Your Method

DIY or Professional?

Flea is an insect that can be extremely small, and almost invisible to naked eyes especially when it has yet to be developed into an adult flea. Severe flea infestation in a premises can be very tricky to remove once a flea population becomes well established.

Some DIY solutions such as a flea spray may seem to be able to offer quick relief for your flea problem but here are some of the risks you may be concerned of:

  1. Root cause of the problem may not be treated - It may repel fleas for a short period of time but not completely expel them from your home or business premises
  2. Safety risk - Incorrect application of spray, and inhalation of aerosol spray increase the risks of physical and health hazards to you, your family, and your employees
  3. Risk of spreading the infestation - If the root cause of the flea problem is not solved, it may worsen the situation as the infestation can spread anytime hence resulting in a severe infestation
  4. Effectiveness not guaranteed - Some flea spray might not even work due to reasons such as weak chemical content

When it comes to getting rid of fleas in the long run, you are advised to only seek for professional help because they:

  1. Understand the species and habits of fleas, and know where to find the infestation and how to manage
  2. Apply only safe and approved chemicals, ensuring the safety of you, your family, and employees
  3. Take proactive approach to managing an infestation hence reducing the risk of the flea infestation spreading
  4. Carry out the right flea treatment after conducting a thorough inspection on your flea problem
  5. Offer professional and sound recommendations to help you better prevent fleas

The professional option requires you to only find your local, expert pest controller to get rid of the flea problem for you. Trained service technicians have the experience and correct knowledge to better handle fleas and ensure treatment is correctly applied to eradicate the infestation.

Practical DIY Flea Solution

If you decide to control fleas infestation on your own, there are a few practical tips that you can try and manage the problem.

How to minimise your risk of fleas infestation:

  1. Before you do anything else, vacuum carpets, furnishings, cracks in the floorboards and upholstered furniture thoroughly. This will not only get rid of adult fleas, but also their eggs and larvae. The larvae feed on adult flea faeces and other organic matter, which collects in things like carpets and rugs. Removing this source of food is an important step
  2. Empty your vacuum cleaner very carefully away from the house because the fleas will still be alive in there
  3. Groom your pets regularly with a flea comb and wash their beds every week (ideally at 60°c or above)
  4. If your pet is scratching or biting its fur you should talk to your vet. They can recommend the best flea/tick sprays or powders to use to treat your pet
  5. Put on flea/tick repellent collars on your pets as an additional protection for your pest against fleas/ticks.

Benefits of a Professional Flea Control Service

It can be very frustrating if you are unable to get rid of your flea problem once and for all. This small and disturbing insect will not only continue to breed quickly, laying 4-8 eggs after each blood meal but will also continue to cause severe distress and discomfort to the people or pet that they feed on.

By working closely with a pest control expert, you can ensure complete removal of these fleas through a more effective and safe treatment plan for your home or business property.

At Rentokil, our pest control professionals are equipped with in-depth flea knowledge and local expertise, understanding the different types of fleas and their habits. They are capable of deploying the correct flea control treatment, and recommendations that can help you eradicate the flea infestation, giving you a peace of mind.

Why Choose Rentokil?

Experienced and Licensed Technicians - All our Service Technicians are licensed professionals with Pesticide Applicator License/Assistant Pesticide Applicator License (PAL/APAL), certified by the Department of Agriculture.

Expert Knowledge - Our pest experts are periodically provided with continuous training programmes, to ensure that their pest knowledge is up-to-date.

Targeted Treatments - Our extensive knowledge allow us to provide you with targeted treatment to get rid of fleas in your premises.

Site Risk Assessment - is completed in compliance with Rentokil Pest Control requirement to ensure that all treatments carried out in your premises are conducted in a safe manner.

myRentokil - Our user friendly online reporting system grants you access to information, such as contract details and service reports at your fingertips.

3. Take Action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your fleas problem and eliminate any stress or flea concerns you have in your home or businesses.

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