How do fleas get inside the home?

Dog and cat wellness depends on the control of potentially dangerous parasites like fleas

Dog and cat wellness depends on the control of potentially dangerous parasites like fleas. Sometimes a flea infestation can seem like an insurmountable obstacle, though. Not only can fleas be on your pet's skin, but in your home too, including carpeting, bedding and everywhere in between. But, how did the pests get into your home in the first place? That's the root of the problem, and finding it and treating it will lead to proper and effective pest control. 

You may have tried everything to reduce the impact of fleas inside your home, but as PetMD noted, they thrive in outdoor areas as well, and may latch onto your pet there. Chances are your pets spends time in your yard, so it's likely they've been exposed to the parasites. It doesn't take many fleas to begin an infestation, either. Female fleas begin producing eggs within 24 to 48 hours after their first blood meal and can lay up to 50 a day. 

So, even if you're making sure your home is clean and adverse to fleas, the pests can still find their way into your home via your dog, cat and even yourself. If your lawn is overgrown with grass and branches (fleas' favorite places to congregate) they could easily latch onto a passing animal or human. 

Fixing the problem
Mowing and pruning your lawn is vital in ensuring that the areas surrounding your home aren't desirable for fleas. Sweeping and cleaning large piles of debris, like leaves, is also advisable, as fleas gather in darker places that are protected from the sun and slightly more humid – so even an area like the dog house could be in jeopardy of an infestation.

Before the treatment of the home can begin, you must first treat the reason why your home is being inflicted with fleas. So, along with cleaning your yard, make sure to treat your pet for fleas, as well as checking his or her skin and fur often to see if any parasites have found their way onto  your companion. Products like a flea-repellant collar can help repel fleas, too. 

Once fleas have found their way into your home, product treatment is almost always needed. Treatments like the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Carpet Powder kills fleas for up to 30 days. It also prevents reinfestation for one year. 

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.