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Fleas And Your Marietta Home Targeting Indoor And Outdoor Hotspots

Fleas And Your Marietta Home: Targeting Indoor And Outdoor Hotspots

In most cases, pest control does not begin inside your home. It is applied outdoors to prevent pests from getting in. Flea control is a bit unique in that we sometimes have to address an indoor problem before administering an outdoor solution for sustained control.

Today, we'll look at the entire process, from inspections to control methods. If you're finding fleas in your house and want to speak with a professional regarding your pest control issue, your ProCare Pest Services team is happy to help. We provide flea control in Marietta, and our highly-trained technicians have a lot of experience dealing with these elusive pests. We're available by email, phone, or text.

How To Identify A Flea Infestation


If you don't have a flea problem yet (or don't know that you do), the first step is to catch problems early on. To catch fleas early, you need to know a few quick tips. These tips will help you get in front of a flea problem and avoid the misery it can cause. Here's what to look for:

  • Scratching: When your dog or cat picks a flea up, you'll likely see them scratching. Fleas are annoying insects that cause irritation. When you see your pet scratch, it is time to get out the flea comb.
  • Flea Dirt: When checking your pet for fleas with a flea comb, you may quickly find a black, dirt-like material. That is the excrement of adult fleas. It is the most obvious warning sign that your dog or cat has fleas.
  • Fleas: You may see live fleas when you check your pet for fleas. A flea is a tiny, dark-colored insect with a thin profile. It uses its comb-like appendages to move easily through hair. If you see one, it will likely disappear into the hair of your pet quickly.

If you don't get in front of a flea infestation, you'll know because these pests aren't sneaky and don't try to hide. But, if you've never had fleas before, you may not immediately realize fleas are to blame. What does a flea infestation look like? Here are a few facts.

  • You'll have itchy insect wounds. You'll likely find these wounds on your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
  • The insect wounds can appear on your back or other parts of your body if fleas are in your furniture or bed.
  • Flea bites are often intensely itchy and inflamed.
  • Some individuals can have a more severe reaction due to allergies, such as swelling, rash, or hives.
  • Fleas can irritate dogs and cats and cause hair loss or wounds on the skin from biting at the fleas.

We hope you catch fleas early so that you can avoid the more obvious warning signs of an infestation. But, whether you catch them early or late, you need to know what to do about the fleas inside your home. Let's take a look.

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Deterrents To Keep Fleas Away From Outdoor Spaces

The reason you have fleas in your home is that animals bring them inside. How do animals get fleas? They pass near cocooned fleas, and those fleas break out and spring onto the animal. How do cocooned fleas end up near your home? They ride into your yard on wild animals and find suitable conditions for development.

As an example of how fleas spread, a flea breaks free of its cocoon and jumps on a squirrel. The squirrel explores your yard and finds tiny seeds spilled on the ground underneath the bird feeder. The squirrel sits in one place to eat the bird food, and eggs and flea dirt fall to the ground off of the squirrel. The eggs hatch in the area, and the tiny larvae find moisture in the uncut grass. They feed on the flea dirt, develop, and eventually cocoon themselves. When your dog or cat goes out and explores the yard, the cocooned fleas jump on them and head into your home.

You have the ability to deter fleas by eliminating this process. You'll need to do a little yard work and apply a few simple measures. Start with these:

  • Cut grass, get rid of weeds, and clean gutters to reduce perimeter moisture that can help flea larvae survive and develop into cocooned fleas.
  • Install a barrier around the bottom of your deck or stairs to prevent animals from getting into the voids underneath.
  • Trim back landscape plants to remove hiding places for wild animals and humid spaces for flea development.
  • Keep secured covers on all of your trash receptacles to deter animals from coming near your home for a bite to eat.
  • Rake up any nuts or fruit that fall to the ground from the trees in your yard.

Any step you take to deter wildlife will have an impact on flea populations around your house. While moisture plays a role, fleas can also develop in dry habitats, depending on the conditions present. Low moisture levels will stunt development by lowering the survival rate, but fleas will prevail. That is why they can live inside your home. But it is also why they're hard to control because they go deep into carpets and furniture to avoid dehydration caused by exposure to moving air. Adding a layer of pest control outdoors is best to maintain a flea-free interior.

Contact a licensed pest control applicator for exterior flea treatments. If you're in Marietta, your ProCare Pest Services team can help. We can provide routine flea treatments or add flea control to your year-round pest control service plan. We'll help you find the right fit for your home and family.

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Signs Indicating The Need For Professional Intervention

You have all the facts you need to deter fleas in your yard and target fleas in your home. There is one last subject to consider. What are the signs that you need to contact an exterminator for fleas in Marietta? You can take care of fleas on your own, both indoors and outdoors. Often, the reasons Marietta residents get professional flea control is that they don't want to deal with fleas, and they want the job done right. But some signs are an indication that you should get professional flea control, even if you don't mind doing the job yourself. Here are a few:

  • Fleas routinely enter your home, and you can't seem to stop them.
  • They cause misery for your pets, and you notice hair loss and wounds on the skin.
  • You never really got rid of the fleas and find yourself just living with them to a certain extent.
  • You or someone in your household gets sick from a flea-borne disease; this indicates that the conditions are present for disease transmission. There are severe diseases spread by fleas, like bartonellosis and murine typhus.

Getting started with professional flea control around your home is so easy. Don't wait for fleas to present a risk to your health and the health of your pets. Contact your ProCare Pest Services team for service in Marietta, Georgia. We'll help you find a customized plan that includes ongoing management of flea pressures on your property. Life has enough challenges without having to deal with fleas inside your home. We know how to keep fleas away for good. Jump to our Contact Us page to get started.

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