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Jacksonville Apartment Resident's Complete Guide To Flea Control

July 22, 2022 - Fleas

Fleas aren’t just an itchy nuisance for your beloved pest. These nasty parasites can also spread serious pet and human diseases.

One of the best ways to prevent an infestation in your home is to work with your vet and Jacksonville pest control companies. Since fleas can arrive on your pet’s underbelly, clothing, or guest suitcases, eliminating fleas from your home can become burdensome. 

I Have No Pets So Why Do I Have Fleas In My Apartment?

Most people often associate flea infestation with pets. However, even individuals without furry friends may also face flea bites. The tiny insects may hitch a ride back to your apartment on your clothes after visiting a location outdoors with an infestation. 

Besides, the invasive pest may also spread from infested vermin on your property, such as bats, raccoons, rats, or squirrels. Your neighbor’s pest may also drop eggs or adult fleas on your property. 

A flea infestation in a multi-tenant building can quickly spread to the different apartments or rooms in the block. It’s also possible that the fleas were present before you moved in, lying dormant, waiting for a potential blood meal. 

Home Remedies For Residential Flea Infestations

The best way to kill fleas in your Jacksonville home is to consult pest control experts. As you await their arrival, a few home remedies can help manage the biting insect population. 

  • Vacuum Your Floors, Upholstery, and Cracks

Use a powerful vacuum to suck eggs, larvae, pupae, or adult fleas from their favorite hiding places. Some of the common flea hide spots in homes include:

  • Sofa cushions
  • Baseboards
  • Pet bedding
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Floor cracks 

After completing, seal the vacuum bag contents before disposing of them appropriately or burning them. 

  • Use Diatomaceous Earth 

You can use a natural desiccant such as diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle the powder in regions with high flea infestations, and leave it for a few hours before vacuuming it. 

  • Plant Flea Repelling Plants

You can also keep the pest from your property by growing plants that deter fleas. Certain plant scents and compounds such as Chrysanthemums, spearmint, and lavender can repel fleas, keeping you and your pet safe. 

  • Use Essential Oils that Repel Fleas

You can also use essential oils to kill fleas or repel them. Commonly used essential oils are:

  • Lavender
  • Pennyroyal oil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass

You can use the essential oils by mixing them with water to make a homemade natural flea spray. Apply the mixture on surfaces with high flea populations. 

  • Use Dish Soap Treatment 

Dish soap baiting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to eliminate the pest from your home. Fill a bowl with dishwashing liquid and water with candles sitting in the middle of the bowl. Fleas attracted to light will jump towards it, falling into the insecticidal liquid. 

Flea Eggs: Everything You Need To Know

Flea eggs are off-white, white, or translucent, about the size of a grain of salt. They are oval, rarely larger than 1/50th of an inch. The eggs are slippery, spreading from your pet to fabrics in your home. 

Adult females only lay after a blood meal. The eggs take approximately two days to hatch. It’s important to note that the eggs are different from flea dirt and digested blood waste left from adult fleas. 

Complete Flea Control Services For Apartment Homes

Fleas are prolific breeders that can quickly overpower your pets and home. A quick response is necessary to prevent a widespread infestation. Trad’s pest control can eliminate the nasty pests from your home through commercial and natural remedies. 

Our flea control team can conduct a comprehensive home inspection to identify the flea hotspots before deploying the necessary flea treatment for your home. Reach out to us today to discuss your pest problem and how we can assist in eliminating the bugs. 

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