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How Do You Get Fleas In Your House?

June 9, 2021

Even if you have the cleanest home, you still may have to deal with fleas infesting your home. Wen fleas find their way inside your home; you may first notice them when your pet begins scratching and itching due to these uncomfortable bites from fleas. They will snack on the blood of its host. So how do fleas get in the house? Here we’ll discuss where they come from, and how to get rid of these fleas in your home.

How Do You Get Fleas In Your House
How Do You Get Fleas In Your House

How Do Fleas Get in Your House?

What causes fleas in house? The typical method for fleas to enter your home is when a cat or dog attracts fleas and brings them into your house. But, fleas can also enter another way. They may come through with an old piece of furniture or clothing and skin of a person who already has been infested. Fleas typically don’t use humans in particular as hosts, but they may travel through us. But fleas don’t necessarily need hosts to enter our homes. They are so microscopic that they can enter a home through cracks in the floor and window screens. To prevent flea infestation, it’s best to vacuum and clean your home often. Also, it’s best practice to change your pet’s bedding and bath them often.

How Long Will Fleas Live For?

The challenge is that fleas can lay eggs on their pets bedding and fur. Subsequently, these eggs will fall onto the floor and the furniture to spread like wildfire. It doesn’t take much fleas before it becomes a serious infestation problem. In just a couple of months, fleas can lay about 500 eggs. Between one and twelve days, many of these hatchlings are hidden. They are tiny larvae that fit in tiny floor cracks, carpets, and furniture. Flea larvae may only take about one to two weeks before maturing; however, with humid and heat weather conditions, it can take up to six months for this larval stage. From there, these larvae will be in insecticide-resistant cocoons for about five weeks. But it’s also possible for larvae to hang inside of their cocoons for a long time until they sense a potential host come by. But how can you get fleas? Typically flea infestations can also happen when a home hasn’t been occupied in a long time, and the owners finally return home. Or when new owners take on a home that hasn’t been used in a while.

Fleas typically thirst for blood as their diet, and the females need to be fed in order to lay eggs. Fleas may not last as long under heat. If they don’t have blood in two to five days, they can also die. With hot conditions, they can only survive between one month and a year. Most fleas can only survive two months without eating. However, there is a difference between fleas and ticks.

Even if you have the cleanest home, you still may have to deal with fleas infesting your home. When fleas find their way inside of your home, you may first notice them when your pet begins scratching and itching due to these uncomfortable bites from fleas. They will snack on the blood of its host. Here we’ll discuss how to get rid of these fleas in your home.

Where Are Your Fleas Coming From?

So how do you get fleas and how do fleas travel? The most common way for fleas to enter your home is when a cat or dog attracts fleas and brings them into your house. But, fleas can also enter another way. They may come through with an old piece of furniture, or clothing and skin of a person who already has been infested. Can humans bring fleas into house? Fleas typically don’t use humans in particular as hosts, but they may travel through us. But fleas don’t necesarrily need hosts to enter our homes. They are so microscopic thagt they can enter a home through cracks in the floor and window screens. To prevent flea infestation, it’s best to vacuum and clean your home often. Also, it’s best practice to change your pet’s bedding and bath them often.

How Long Do Fleas Live in Your House?

The challenge is that fleas can lay eggs on their pets bedding and fur. Subsequently, these eggs will fall onto the floor and the furniture to spread like wildfire. It doesn’t take much fleas before it becomes a serious infestation problem. In just a couple of months, fleas can lay about 500 eggs. Between one and twelve days, many of these hatchlings are hidden. They are tiny larvae that fide in tiny floor cracks, carpets and furniture. Flea larvae may only take about one to two weeks before maturing, however with humid and heat weather conditions, it can take up to six months for this larval stage. From there, these larvaes will be in insecticide-resistant cocoons for about five weeks. But it’s also possible for larvaes to hang inside of their cocoons for a long time until they sense a potential host come by. Typically flea infestations can also happen when a home hasn’t been occupied in a long time and the owners finally return home. Or when new owners take on a home that hasn’t been used in a while.

Fleas typically thirst on blood as their diet and the females need to be fed in order to lay eggs. Fleas may not last as long under heat. If they don’t have blood in two to five days, they can also die. With heavy heat, they can only survive between one month and a year. Most fleas can only survive two months without eating.However, you still may notice fleas after the treatment is complete. This doesn’t mean that the treatment didn’t work. The remaining fleas can be a result of newly-hatched adults that were inside of a cocoon when you first did the treatment. You can continue to perform the treatment and also wash and vacuum these areas to get rid of them. But if you don’t see it improving in a month’s time you should call a professional.

What to Do If You Have Fleas in Your House?

What to Do If You Have Fleas in Your House?

What to Do If You Have Fleas in Your House?

Fortunately dealing with flea infestation isn’t at hard as overcoming bed bugs. The first thing you can do is to thoroughly wash your blankets and beddings where your flea hosts may be. You also need to vacuum your carpet often and place desiccants and insecticides everywhere. This will cause them to come out to the areas that you’ve applied them and protect your home from pests.

When using a bug bomb or insecticide spray, make sure to treat all of the potential hot spots where the fleas may hang around. Don’t just set it off everywhere though. Choose the spots that are the likely culprit. Make sure to keep your pets and other humans from these spots or rooms that have been sprayed until it has dried. It may take a few hours for it to dry. The substance can dry quicker if you leave the windows open causing the funes to dissipate much faster. Also fleas don’t survive well with heat, so this is a big advantage. So make sure to spot these pests in the summer. There are also other methods of getting rid of fleas besides commercial insecticides. You may use homemade flea killers, or store-bought ones, boric acid-based products, flea pads, homemade rosemary spray and cedar oil. You can also dehydrate fleas by sprinkling some salt, baking soda or diatomaceous earth over an infested area to supplement your existing treatment.

However, you still may notice fleas after the treatment is complete. This doesn’t mean that the treatment didn’t work. The remaining fleas can be a result of newly-hatched adults that were inside of a cocoon when you first did the treatment. You can continue to perform the treatment and also wash and vacuum these areas to get rid of them. But if you don’t see it improving in a month’s time you should call a professional.

Never spend time in the summer or winter with itchy annoying fleas. Contact your best local pest control expert to prevent and get rid of fleas. This will keep your pets, your household and home free of flea infestation. In the end, fleas are much easier to solve than termite infestation.

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