Souderton Residents Shouldn’t Waste Money On Natural DIY Flea Solutions

Natural Pest Management Methods

It is becoming more and more common for homeowners to turn to natural solutions for pest control. As a pest control company that values eco-friendly solutions, we believe this is a good idea. We rely on natural pest management methods and products as a first resort and only rely on pest control products when the threat warrants the use of these products. Well, we're here to tell you that flea infestations fall into this category.

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The Big Problem With Fleas

Fleas – specifically cat fleas – are pernicious and resilient pests. When they get into a home, they find the perfect environment to thrive. Inside your home is a steady supply of food and the perfect temperatures for fleas to survive.
The food fleas eat is blood. As adults, they get this food from warm-blooded mammals. If you have dogs or cats, fleas will thrive in your home. But, even if you don't have a pet, you can still have trouble with fleas. These insects can come into your home on mice, rats, and other wildlife. In fact, this ability to feed on rodents can help fleas avoid extermination. As you work to douse your pets with every flea-killing product known to man, fleas could be on mice or rats hiding in your walls. They can also feed on you or your family to get a meal.
When fleas lay their smooth eggs, those eggs fall off onto the ground. If they land on dry ground, the larvae that hatch from those eggs will dry up. If they land on cold ground, the hatching larvae can freeze. There are several conditions that can lead to the death of newly hatched fleas. Inside your home, fleas are much more likely to survive when they hatch. All they need is access to flea dirt. That is the feces dropped by adult fleas. Larvae can't bite mammals to get the blood they need to develop. They rely on the blood in the feces of adult fleas. It is gross but true.
Another factor that makes fleas a big problem is their ability to breed quickly. A female flea can lay as many as 500 eggs in her 3-month lifespan. Each of those eggs has the potential to hatch into a female with the ability to lay 500 more in her lifespan. Do you see the problem? It doesn't take long for a home to get overrun with fleas.

The Problem With Natural Flea Remedies 

When fleas infest your home, there are three states they can be in. They can be in an egg, they can be in a cocoon, or they can be crawling or jumping around. If a flea is in an egg or in a cocoon, it is protected from most of the products that would kill it, even many pesticides. Therefore, natural treatments, such as vinegar, soapy water, or baking soda, won't work to eliminate an infestation. Once the treatment dry, or are sucked up by your vacuum, they won't have any effect on newly hatching flea larvae.

There are some DIY remedies that work to repel fleas, but these aren't going to do anything to an active infestation. Those fleas don't have anywhere to go. They'll just get used to the smell of all that rosemary you've put down.
Using natural flea remedies is an exercise in futility. Not only are these treatments a lot of hard work, their ineffectiveness will lead to ongoing suffering for your pets. A flea consumes 15 times its body weight in blood per day. That can begin to add up quickly and lead to anemia for your pet.

The Best Solution For Fleas

At Moyer Pest Control, our pest professionals use residual products that remain in place to eliminate newly hatching fleas or fleas that emerge from their cocoons. This breaks the cycle of infestation within your home and makes it impossible for fleas to continue to plague you. We also provide home pest control treatments for your exterior to reduce fleas in your yard. If you're struggling with fleas and live in Pennsylvania, reach out to us and request a free pest inspection.

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