Flea Infestation And Treatment

How to Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home

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Fleas can infest a home quickly. Best to call an experienced flea exterminator.

Fleas are a common problem in California homes, especially during the warm summer months. 

Not only are they a nuisance, but they can also transmit diseases to both humans and pets. 

If you're dealing with a flea infestation in your home, there are a few things you can do to get rid of them.


Vacuuming regularly is the best way to remove fleas from your carpets and upholstered furniture. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag after each use so that the fleas don't escape back into your home.

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Closeup of a flea

Flea Pesticide

In addition to vacuuming, you'll also need to treat your carpets and upholstered furniture with an insecticide. There are many different products on the market, so be sure to read the labels carefully to find one that is effective against fleas.

Consider contacting Van Hooser Enterprises to find the best product for your situation.

Washing Machine

Once you've treated your carpets and upholstered furniture, you'll need to wash all of your bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, in hot water. This will kill any fleas that may be hiding in your bedding. Be sure to wash all of your clothing as well, just to be safe.

The Dangers of a Home Flea Infestation

Fleas are small, parasitic insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds.

They can transmit a number of diseases to their hosts, including plague, typhus, and tapeworms.

Fleas are especially common in areas with warm climates, and can be a major nuisance to pet owners and homeowners.

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Fleas can multiply in your home quickly.

Fleas Can Arrive Home via Pets

Fleas seem to love dogs and cats. Of course, that's why pet stores sell flea collars.

Check your pet for fleas. If you find some, be sure to wash your pet with a good flea shampoo.

And treat them with a good flea liquid or collar.

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You can always tell when your pet is scratching for fleas.

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Treat your pets for fleas.

Fleas can be a real problem in California homes, but there are some things you can do to get rid of them.

The most important thing is to vacuum regularly and treat your carpets and upholstered furniture with an insecticide.

You should also wash all of your bedding and clothing in hot water.

If you follow these steps, you should be able to get rid of the fleas in your home.

A Better Way to Treat a Flea infestation

If you are dealing with a flea infestation, it is a smart decision to hire a professional exterminator.

Professional exterminators are licensed and have the expertise and experience to eliminate rats quickly and efficiently.

They can also find any entry points that fleas might use to get into your home and seal them to stop future infestations.

Van Hooser Enterprises has a lot of experience getting rid of fleas for homeowners in the greater San Jose area.

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Eric Van Hooser (Head flea exterminator at Van Hooser Enterprises pest control company in San Jose CA)

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FAQs about Flea Infestation and Treatment

Q: What are the signs of a flea infestation in my home?

A: Signs of a flea infestation include seeing adult fleas or flea dirt (tiny, black, pepper-like specks), pets excessively scratching or biting their skin, red and itchy bites on your skin, and flea eggs or larvae in pet bedding or carpets.

Q: How do fleas enter my home, and what attracts them?

A: Fleas typically enter your home by hitching a ride on your pets or wildlife, such as rodents, that may have access to your home. Fleas are attracted to warmth, carbon dioxide, and the scent of animals, making your home an ideal environment, especially if you have pets.

Q: How can I prevent flea infestations in my home?

A: To prevent flea infestations, use regular flea treatments for your pets as recommended by your veterinarian, vacuum carpets and pet bedding frequently, wash pet bedding in hot water, maintain proper sanitation and cleanliness, and treat your yard with pet-safe insecticides to control fleas outdoors.

Q: What are the most effective methods for treating a flea infestation?

A: The most effective methods for treating a flea infestation include oral or topical treatments for your pets, insecticides for indoor use, vacuuming and steam cleaning carpets and upholstery, and treating outdoor areas with pet-safe insecticides. It's important to treat both your pets and your home simultaneously to eradicate fleas effectively.

Q: Are DIY flea treatments safe and effective, or should I hire a professional flea exterminator?

A: DIY flea treatments can be adequate for minor infestations, but proper application and safety precautions are necessary. If infestations are severe or persist despite DIY efforts, hiring a professional exterminator is recommended for more efficient and long-lasting results. Remember to always consult your veterinarian for the best flea treatment options for your pets.