Having a flea infestation in your home can be a nightmare. Not only will the pest latch onto and start mercilessly biting your dogs and cats, but they can also turn their attention towards you resulting in your legs being covered in hundreds of itchy red bites. Worse, all of these bites can potentially infect you and your pets with a range of illnesses, from Lyme disease to typhus and even tapeworms. Therefore, it is important that you take all of the following steps to protect your yard and home, and thus you and your pets, from fleas.

Keep Your Yard Clean and Well-Manicured
The first step towards keeping fleas away from the home is to make sure they have as few places to hide as possible. Keeping your grass and shrubs trimmed is a good start. You’ll also want to make sure there are no piles of debris or yard waste lying around as these are also prime hiding places. It’s also important to try to deter rodents, raccoons and other pests as these animals are almost always covered in fleas.

Regularly Clean Your Home
Unlike many other insects, fleas aren’t actually attracted to dirty homes. However, if you’ve had any fleas in your home, it’s likely that your carpets and furniture may hold some larvae or pupae. Worse, your home could even be filled with flea eggs that can lie dormant for years. By regularly vacuuming your carpets and furniture, especially around the baseboards and under any furniture, you should be able to eliminate a large percentage of these immature fleas.

Make Sure Pets to Treat Pets with Flea Repellant
Pets are generally the main source of flea infestations, which makes it important that you treat your pets to prevent this. There are a wide range of flea collars and shampoos available that can help ward off most fleas, while you can also use a spot treatment in the event that some persistent pests get past these barriers.

If All Else Fails, Seek Professional Help
In areas with high flea populations, even the best flea treatments may not be enough to keep them off of your pets. For this reason, it’s often necessary to hire a professional flea control company to treat your yard if it’s particularly prone to fleas. In most cases, if your pet does have fleas, it is best to have your yard treated before you treat your pet. After taking care of the flea problem in your yard, you can then proceed to tackling the problem on your pet and inside your home.

In truth, fleas are for more than just a nuisance. The sheer number of diseases that they can carry makes it important that homeowners take steps to protect themselves and their pets from these nasty little pests. In most cases, this will typically involve treating the exterior of the home and the surrounding property with pesticides and/or flea repellents, which should generally be left to professionals due to the potential dangers they could pose to the health of your family and pets if not used properly.