Flea Control Tips

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If there is one flea found in the home soon there will be hundreds. Fleas are tiny little bugs that live on cats and dogs. They survive on the blood of these animals. While humans are not the preferred meal for fleas they will still bite humans. This will cause itchy bumps that can become irritating. Fleas reproduce rapidly. Within a matter of days, a person can have hundreds of fleas in their home. There are some ways to get rid of fleas and keep them off of the pets.

Wash Everything

Every piece of fabric that a person or pet came in contact with needs to be washed on the deep spin cycle. Pet bedding, sheets, and even the throw pillows on the coach need to be washed. If there is a lot of fleas on the pet bedding it is better to throw it out. The flea eggs can still hatch in the bedding. A person should wash all the sheets and clothing they have used. Even upholstery needs a deep cleaning.

Vacuum Often

While the flea infested items are in the washer use a vacuum to remove the flea from every surface of the home even the corners and hard to reach areas. Keep the pets outside at this time so fleas will not move to areas that were just vacuumed. A mothball can be broken up and put into the vacuum to help kill the fleas so they will not jump back out. Look for areas that are cool and dry since fleas like cool spots. Remember to get the baseboards and cabinets as well because this is the area where the eggs most likely are. After vacuuming remove the bag and seal it. If the vacuum is a canister type carefully put the debris into a trash bag and tie it closed. Take the trash bags and put them in the outdoor trash pail with a covered lid. This will prevent the fleas from crawling out and infesting the home once again.

Treat the Outdoors

Take care of the yard before allowing the pets to head back outside. Cut the grass, trim the trees, and look for dark moist areas. If a dark area is found move some things around so that it gets sunlight. Fleas hate the light from the sun.  Cedarwood chips can be used in the yard. Fleas hate them and they are safe to use around pets and children. These wood chips look nice as well.

Trap the Fleas

A simple flea trap can be made. Take a shallow bowl of water and put some dish detergent it in. The fleas will head to the water and they will not be able to get out. The detergent will prevent them from escaping.

Treat the Pet

Even if the pet hates water it is time for a bath. There are a number of flea shampoos that will kill the fleas. Some natural flea repellants include rosemary and eucalyptus oil. A person can even take their pet to a professional groomer to get a flea bath. After the bath, wait a couple of days before applying flea and tick treatment to the dog’s skin. The natural oils have to build up so this topical treatment will stay with the pet for a month. There are also oral flea repellants that can be prescribed by a vet.

These are some flea control tips to help rid the home of fleas. These little pests are very annoying and they can cause irritation and harm to the pet. If the dog or cat is covered with fleas they can have sores from constantly being bitten. Humans can also get bites which lead to itching and irritation. These methods will help rid the home of fleas and will kill not only the adult fleas but the larvae as well.   Oftentimes, it is too difficult to get rid of fleas: Contact us for professional pest control services today, if you have an infestation.

Problems that Rodents that Cause in Your Home

Some people think of rodents as being relatively benign parasites. People have sometimes described the rodent and human relationship as one where the rodent benefits without helping or harming the human. However, symbiotic relationships like this are really rare in nature, and they certainly don't exist here. Rodents can cause a wide range of different problems in anyone's home, and these issues can completely compromise a person's quality of life. 

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Disease

One of the worst things that rodents will do within a given household is spread disease. Rodents have very high metabolisms and they tend to process food quickly. This means that they produce a lot of waste. Their waste products all contain harmful digestive bacteria. People who are dealing with rodent infestations will often find feces all over their homes. When they're lucky, they will at least spot all of these contaminants and they will manage to clear everything up before this is a problem.
 
This is a good idea as a short-term solution for clearing up the scent from a rodent's feces might be able to stop other rodents from being drawn to that location. However, in some cases, residents will not be as lucky. They might end up accidentally touching the feces and touching their mucus membranes, which can be enough to spread disease. Accidentally eating rodent feces is not impossible. Rodent urine is very difficult to trace, and people might unintentionally make contact with it if they live alongside rodents in their homes. 
 
Most rodents are not infected with diseases like rabies. However, it's still possible. A mouse bite is still a medical emergency that needs to be investigated right away. Mice can spread genuinely dangerous diseases like the hantavirus as well. Rats and shrews, which can also infest homes, can be even more dangerous in a lot of cases. They are more aggressive than mice and they might be more inclined to bite people.

Household Damage

Mice and rats like the chew on things, and they don't know the difference between electrical wires and string. Chewing through an electrical wire can be excessively dangerous. Some mice have been known to cause fires after doing so. While this isn't going to happen every time, the mice will still cause a great deal of household damage when they do occur. 
 
Mice and rats will also chew on furniture and cloth, causing a lot of holes and cracks that would never have formed otherwise. These abrasions can be unmistakable. People will have a hard time hiding them. These parasites can cause hundreds or thousands dollars worth of damage just in this way. They can cause even more damage if they damage the structure of the house, which is not uncommon. 
 
The holes in the frames of houses that are often associated with mice are not just benign points of entry for them. These holes will actually damage a given household. Mice will not weaken the entire structure of a house in the manner of termites. However, they can still cause a lot of damage in the short-term and the long-term. They are trying to burrow in the house the way they would burrow outside in the wild, and this is always going to have lots of consequences for a house. 

Quality of Life

People should never underestimate the emotional damage associated with living with rodents. People will hear them chewing away in the middle of the night. They will be worried about getting sick. Rodents will sometimes threaten their pets or other members of their families. Mice and rats smell and they have a tendency to scurry around at the worst of times. Since they are most active during the points in the day when people are winding down, their capacity to harm people is even worse. 
 
Rodents are household invaders. They can damage a household just as surely as any creature that actually had malicious intentions. People who get rid of their rodent problems early enough will manage to save themselves thousands of dollars in a lot of cases. They will also be able to avoid medical emergencies in some instances, meaning they will save themselves in every way. Rodents are not benign house guests and should never be treated as such.  

Pest Control For Rodents

Do you need rodent pest control services in Redding or Eureka?  Contact us at Big Time Pest Control today to get rid of your mice, rats, and all of the rodents in your home or business.