How to Get Rid of Fleas

Tips for Removal from Home

  • Given the seriousness of flea infestations, many over-the-counter treatments exist to help eliminate the pests from the home.
  • Simply vacuuming can remove an impressive majority of eggs and larvae, while special pet shampoos target fleas in all stages of development.
  • Monthly pills and sprays also help to control fleas that come in contact with animals.
  • If the problem persists or worsens after attempted control, pest control professionals can apply effective flea treatments indoors and outdoors.

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History of Flea Control

The 1990s were a pivotal decade in the history of flea control marking the time when an advance in flea treatments changed the game.

Largely due to the insights of a professor of veterinary parasitology at Kansas State University, treatments for pets improved. Flea populations dropped markedly, and suddenly fleas became a topic for the vet, not the home-service provider.

The tide may be turning once again. For the past several years, professionals are noticing increasing flea problems, and suspect things are getting worse, not better.

Theories abound regarding its cause. Some suspect a connection to nuisance wildlife especially in the cities where animal removal needs have also been on the rise from raccoons to squirrels. Others suspect growing resistance to flea-control treatments.

When it comes down to it, no one is entirely certain, but attention to the need for flea control is rising throughout the industry.

Household Flea Control

When treating for fleas in the home, it’s truly a partnership.

“It takes a lot of prep by the homeowner, and open communication”
– Jennifer Brumfield, Western Training and Technical Specialist

Proper identification is also important although the cat flea is usually the most common culprit (not limited to cats, name aside). As mentioned above, this flea can be transferred from urban wildlife to a household pet.

If you suspect a flea infestation, contact a Western pest professional. we can help you positively identify the problem and devise the right solution for locations both inside and outside the home.

Learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.

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