Fleas. If you’ve ever had to deal with them, just hearing the word can make your skin crawl. Whether you picked up a few stowaways while you were walking in the park, or you have pets that went off the trail and came back with some new friends, getting rid of an Omaha flea infestation is the sort of war no one wants to fight more than once. Which is why it really pays to invest in some preventative measure, ensuring that fleas and their ilk never even get close to your house.

How to Keep Fleas From Infesting Your Home

The first thing you need to do in order to keep fleas out of your home is to survey your domain, and take away any points of easy entry. Your home is your castle, and you are setting up defenses to keep these tiny invaders out. Sometimes, though, it’s the simplest solutions that stop the biggest problems.

For example, whenever someone establishes a stronghold, the first thing they do is cut back all the greenery. It means no one can sneak up on them. While you don’t need to chop down your trees and bushes completely, it is a good idea to keep them back from your house. Make sure that your trees don’t loom over your home, and be sure your bushes don’t crowd up against your windows. This can be a problem with flower gardens, but in that case you should use your own judgment. Most importantly, though, you need to keep your grass cut short. A shaggy lawn is one of the greatest access points that fleas can ask for when it comes to getting up close and personal with your house, and all the nooks and crannies they can invade through. Wind and sunlight are bad for flea larvae, and if you make sure there’s room for a breeze and some sun in your yard, they aren’t going to flourish.

Keep an Eye on Your Pets

You also need to make sure you keep out any critters that might be ferrying fleas straight to your doorstep. That means you shouldn’t put your cat out at night, and it means you need to regularly check your dog to be sure he doesn’t have any undeclared passengers. But it also means you need to keep your porch, attic, and crawl spaces sealed off so that raccoons, squirrels, and other animals don’t get into your house. Sometimes all it takes is a raccoon curling up under your porch for fleas to sneak in through your basement windows.

In addition to making sure there’s no clear path of entry into your home, though, you need to set a few booby traps for any fleas who do make it. For example, if you have pets who venture into the outdoors, make sure you give them passive flea treatments. This will kill any fleas who get onto them (ideally, at least), and make sure that no eggs get laid. It’s also a good idea to make sure you have some flea-killing stations set up in your house, and that you make sure your home is neat and clean. Fleas who don’t have anywhere to hide are fleas who don’t live long enough to reproduce. Which are the only kind you want near your home.

There is only so much you can do to prevent fleas from getting into your house. However, if they do manage to get past your defenses, you’ll need professional help getting them out again. When that happens, all you have to do is contact Miller Pest Control for an Omaha, NE flea treatment.