Fleas are small, bothersome, and difficult to get rid of. They feed off of the blood of pets and humans and leave behind itchy bites. Because they are so tiny and may only be biting your pet, fleas can be hard to detect until there is a significant infestation.
One of the biggest indicators that fleas are present is you noticing your pet scratching more than usual. You may see fleas jumping around your home. You may notice tiny black dots in your pet’s fur or even be bitten yourself. Click here to identify whether your bug bite is from a flea.
Flea infestations usually begin when a pet or a person brings in a few fleas in from outdoors. The fleas then reproduce, creating a larger nuisance for your pets and dispersing throughout your home. They often hide in bedding, furniture, cracks in the floor, and they love hiding in carpet.
How to Check Your Own Carpets for Fleas
To check your carpet for fleas, stand in tall white socks on the carpet. If you have a flea infestation, a few fleas are probably going to hop onto the socks and show themselves. Another method is to place a bowl of warm, soapy water on the carpet and shine a bright light, like a lamp or a flashlight, over the water. Fleas will be attracted to the light and get caught in the water.
Once you have determined if fleas are present, if the infestation is very early or mild, you may be able to take care of the situation yourself.
Be sure to vacuum all carpets (and empty the canister outside), steam clean or shampoo the carpet with high heat, bathe pets, put a flea collar on them or give them another flea treatment, and wash pet beds and any blankets they sleep on. If it is a mild infestation, this may be all you need to do.
When to Call a Professional
If you have completed the steps above and still have fleas in your home, it’s time to call a professional. A single female flea can produce 40-50 eggs per day for up to 50 days. Fleas can multiply quickly and hide well. Learn more about pest control for fleas or contact us for help.