Fleas: Detection, Prevention, and Extermination provided by ServiceMagic.com.
What's reddish brown and black, 1/8th of an inch big, and can lay 2,000-3,000 eggs in a week? A flea. That started out sounding like a bad joke, but flea infestation is no laughing matter. Most people think that fleas only affect domesticated animals, but they're sadly mistaken. Birds and other little critters that visit your backyard are likely to be the carriers that invade both your pet and your house. Plus, it's a little disturbing to know that nearly half of flea infestations occur in structures without pets.
Flea PreventionThere's an adage that holds true to flea infestation, "an ounce of flea prevention is better than a pound of flea cure." In order to prevent fleas, it's necessary to clean habitually as well as bathe any pets on a regular basis. Cleaning should especially include where your pets eat, sleep, and play. You should also vacuum the house thoroughly, including all furniture, rugs, and drapes. To further aide flea prevention, you should remove and dispose of the vacuum bag afterward to keep it from becoming an incubator for the flea larvae.
You can also help to prevent fleas by:Using washable pet bedding
Restrict your pet to a regular sleeping area
Keep wild animals away from the house
Flea and ultrasonic collars for your pet
Flea DetectionHowever hard you may work toward flea prevention, it doesn't always work. You may find yourself infested no matter how often and how thoroughly you clean. Fleas can find their way into your home and when they do it's best to detect them early. Fleas spend a lot of their time on a pet when possible, but you may also find them on your furniture, your carpet and rugs, in your car, or out in the yard. You sometimes might not even see them at all, but they do have a way of leaving a trail besides noticing that your pet is scratching.
If you find little black specks occurring regularly around the house, it could be a sign of flea droppings. One way to find out is to put the dark specks in hot water and if they turn the water red or brown, then you know you have fleas and it's time to look toward flea extermination.