With more than 2,000 different species of fleas, it’s no wonder they’re abundant. Because every climate is different, the flea season varies from place to place and year to year. And because fleas are so adaptable, they can survive indoors during the winter. That’s why we recommend a monthly flea control regimen.
Once you have decided to call Mountaineer Pest Control about your flea problem, we’ll explain how to prepare your home for our arrival.
Before flea control treatment:
- Notice where your pets spend most of their time, in or out.
- Take them to the veterinarian to be checked and treated for fleas. To help avoid re-infestation don’t let freshly treated pets back into your home or yard until we have treated those areas.
- Vacuum carpets, floors, rugs, drapes, upholstered furniture, mattresses and cushions. Use a vacuum with a disposable bag and incinerate it or seal it in a plastic bag.
- Wash or dispose of all pet bedding.
- Clean or vacuum wood and tile floors with special attention to grooves, cracks and baseboards.
- Sweep porches, steps and decks.
- Cut the lawn and remove debris and clutter prior to yard treatment.
- Leave no food uncovered. Wrap it, place it in the refrigerator, or put it in containers in a cabinet. Food preparation surfaces and utensils should be covered. Pick up pet bowls and cover them.
- Be sure to remove all toys, decorative items, pillows and other items off the floor, including under the bed and closets, so that all areas of the floor can be treated.
- Cover fish tanks and remove birds and hamsters when the technician arrives.
- Make arrangements for everyone, including pets, to remain out of the home and off the yard for at least four hours after treatment to allow for area to completely dry.
Once your home and yard are professionally treated, there are important things you need to do after flea control treatment:
- People and animals should stay off treated surfaces until they are dry.
- Vacuum carpets every day for 10 days. Remove the bag and dispose of it properly. Don’t be alarmed if you see adult fleas when you vacuum. They were in the pupa and egg stages when treatment occurred and fleas in those stages are not killed by the insecticide application. They won’t live long, however. There is enough residual control to last up to four weeks. That’s enough time to kill adults as they emerge and give good control in most situations.
- Wash food preparation surfaces and utensils that might have come in contact with the insecticide.
- Do not allow flea-infested pets in your home. If this happens, the house may get re-infested and retreatment will be necessary.
- Check all screening of foundation vents and other access areas to keep out mice, rats and squirrels and other wild animals that carry fleas.