You might be surprised to discover that controlling an indoor flea infection is actually harder when these fleas invade your home and you have few or no fitted carpets. Hardwood flooring, tile flooring or similar surfaces put up stiffer resistance, but it is harder to identify where the fleas are hiding out. Fleas naturally prefer carpeted areas as they can settle in and breed in the environment where they feel more comfortable. Pest control companies prefer to deal with fleas in carpets, or those that have infested domestic pets rather than those who have moved into your hardwood floors, where they are far harder to locate and destroy.
Get to know the pest
You will not know how to combat the flea attack unless you to know how they live and how they feed off their victims. Fleas love to spend their time on warm-blooded furry animals, for this reason your pets are perfect hosts, particularly if they love to nest, for example hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. But even you and your children are at risk, so do take care. If you donâ€™t have any of these dogs and cats, are you going to be alright? No, a flea could jump on your legs when you went out jogging, or even sat in the park on a warm sunny day. Then when you come home they can drop off to find a hole or gap in your floors to set up a home.
As you get to understand the flea, you will find that its body is perfectly designed for hitching a ride. Fleas have incredibly well designed legs for jumping forward, while having no or little capability to hop backwards, for them it is not necessary.
Where do the larvae like to grow?
Dark and dusty areas are their best friends; here they can stay in comfort, feeding off adult droppings and general debris. The debris is really important as it helps the larvae to pupate.Â If you have hardwood floors and few rugs you may vacuum your floors to keep them clean. This is not good news for fleas or the pupae, but the fleas are not fools and the vibration of the vacuum cleaner causes the fleas to dig in and hang on for dear life.
So what we have learned is that fleas prefer household pets and carpeted rooms. Surely they would not be so comfortable in your home with hardwood floors and few rugs? Wrong, they can adapt perfectly. If you happen to use the wrong flea control products you could be spending money, and plenty of it on the wrong products. You could be overloading your home with too many chemicals and there is a risk these could cause problems for the health of you and your family.
Where do you start the flea control?
You will need to carefully select where to start your counterattack. Next you need to be totally sure that you have selected the right control products for the job. If you own dogs or cats treat them for fleas, also book an appointment with your doctor so that you and your children can also be given the all clear. Fleas cannot survive and breed on shiny sealed surfaces, but they are really at home in cracks and crevices in the floor and also at wall junctions. Donâ€™t forget to check under baseboards as well as any cracks or seams in the floor. Move your furniture out of place, as fleas are able to breed in and under any furniture fabric and coverings.
Before carrying your flea treatment you need to carry out a thorough cleaning of each room. Make sure you get into all the corners behind and under furniture that you may not normally move, to ensure that there is no sanctuary in the room for the fleas to take refuge.