How to Treat and Prevent a Flea Infestation
Fleas usually come from outdoors or other animals. Once your indoor pets have them, fleas can quickly spread throughout your home. Fleas can transmit disease, that’s why it’s so important to prevent a flea infestation and to treat your pets when they have them.
How fleas disrupt your home
Preventing a flea infestation
Preventing a flea infestation is easier than getting rid of one. The best way to do this is to keep your pets from picking up fleas in the first place. Fleas live in tall grass and in areas where there are a lot of animals. So it is best to avoid these places.
If you live in an area with a lot of fleas, take your pet to the vet for regular check-ups and treatments. You can also use a monthly spot-on flea treatment that is specifically designed for your pet's weight and species. There are also oral treatments, shampoos, and collars that can help prevent fleas.
Treating a Flea Infestation
If you already have a flea infestation, you'll need to treat your pets and your home. Start with your pets by treating them with flea shampoo, spot-on treatment, oral medication, or a collar. Be sure to follow the directions on the package carefully.
You may also need to use an insecticide in your home to get rid of the fleas. An insect growth regulator (IGR) is a type of insecticide that interrupts the flea's life cycle and prevents them from reproducing. This is an important step in getting rid of an infestation because it breaks the flea's life cycle and prevents them from coming back.
You can identify this Spider by its large, globe-like abdomen, which is often patterned with stripes of black, brown, orange, or yellow. The most common Orb Weaver in Western Washington has a white cross on its back. They are about ¾ to 1 inch in size, not including their legs.
This species is rarely found indoors, however they may make their way in by accident. They are non-aggressive and generally fearful, darting away when their web is disturbed or torn down. While they can be especially numerous September through October, they provide protection against insects, and are pretty much harmless.