Up close look at a dog laying down. Pioneer Pest Management, serving Portland OR and Vancouver WA talks about flea prevention tips for spring.

Spring is in the air! With warmer temperatures and longer days, you and your pet may be excited to spend more time outdoors. But, warmer weather also means the return of pests, including pesky fleas! Although fleas aren’t dangerous, they are a nuisance to deal with. This is why we at Pioneer Pest Management are sharing some tips to help prevent fleas this spring.

What Causes Fleas to Enter Homes?

Fleas usually enter homes after latching onto a family pet while outside. However, people without pets at all can still suffer a flea infestation due several circumstances. Sometimes fleas enter homes by wandering cats or wildlife. The tiny pests can also be a side effect of a bigger problem like rodents. Some flea infestations exist because of previous homeowners.

Treat Pets

As a pet owner, you have several options when it comes to flea and tick prevention. Popular treatment methods include flea collars, topical drops, and oral medications. Regardless of which option you choose, apply them appropriately and use them regularly. Many flea medications typically last between 30 to 90 days.

Inspect Your Pet

Enjoy some outdoor time with your pet? Before returning inside of your home, thoroughly check your pet’s fur, ear flaps, and underarms for fleas.

Mow Regularly

Mow your lawn and remove leaves and other debris to eliminate hiding places for fleas. Also, trim low-hanging branches and shrubs to help deter roaming racoons, rodents, and cats who otherwise might be transporting fleas.

Wash Your Pet’s Bedding

Another way to help stop a flea infestation in its tracks is to wash your pet’s bedding at least once a week, especially if they’re outdoors often.

Do You Have a Flea Problem?

If you think you have a flea infestation, contact Pioneer Pest Management. Fleas are often mistaken for springtails this time of year. We’ll inspect your home, identify the correct pest, and eliminate your pest infestation quickly and efficiently.

We’ve been protecting homes and businesses in the Vancouver WA and Portland OR area for over 20 years against fleas, termites, mice, cockroaches, and more. Schedule your inspection today!