Fleas are small but mighty, and they can be a major nuisance. Once fleas get inside your home, they spread quickly, making it hard to eradicate them without the proper knowledge and preparation. This post will cover what happens if fleas get inside your home and how to identify, remove, and prevent them from invading your living space.
Where Are They Often Found?
Fleas are often found in carpets or on pet beds and furniture. They can squeeze through tiny cracks in the walls or window sills, and even hitch a ride on clothing or people entering the house. While flea infestations are more common in warm weather, they can also occur in cold climates as long as humans or animals provide an ideal environment for them to thrive.
How to Identify Them?
Fleas are small (1/10 inch long), dark-colored insects that jump easily when disturbed. When you look closely at their bodies, you will see that they have three pairs of legs which allow them to move very quickly—hence why it’s so hard to squish them! They also have a flat body that helps them slide into tiny crevices where they hide during the day.
How Quickly Do They Spread?
Once fleas get inside your home, they reproduce rapidly because female fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day! These eggs then hatch within 2-5 days, depending on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity levels; once hatched, the larvae feed on organic debris like pet hair or dead skin cells before developing into adults within 1-2 weeks. If left unchecked, a severe infestation can occur within just 1-2 months of initial exposure!
How To Remove Them From Your Home And Yard?
If you think you have a flea infestation in your home or yard, here are some steps you can take to remove them:
- Vacuuming is one of the best ways to remove adult fleas from carpets and furniture;
- Make sure to empty the vacuum bag after each use so that any live fleas don’t escape back into your living space;
- Use an insecticide specifically formulated for killing fleas and apply it according to instructions;
- Bathe pets regularly using specially formulated shampoos;
- Regularly mow your lawn to help reduce areas where fleas may lay eggs;
- Treat outdoor areas with insecticides, and call a professional pest control company. Preventing fleas outside is the best way to prevent them from entering your home.
Flea infestations are no fun but thankfully there are ways you can help protect yourself and your family from these pesky little creatures! Be sure to vacuum regularly (especially if you have pets), bathe pets with special shampoos designed for removing fleas, mow your lawn often and treat outdoor areas with insecticides as needed. With diligence and patience you should be able to keep these critters out of your home for good!