Flea Problems in Maine

Fleas problems in Maine can be an uncomfortable issue. Fleas are the enemy for pet owners and if they invade your Maine home, you want to deal with it right away.  Pets typically bring fleas into the home from outside where fleas jump on them and find a home in their fur. Once in your home, fleas spread to carpet, furniture, and bedding and bite the humans and animals living there. Fleas multiply rapidly, and one female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, so it is essential to treat the problem quickly.

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Signs of Flea Problems in Maine

How do you know if you have flea problems in Maine?  Look for these signs on your pets, on people, and around your home.

Your pet may be exhibiting signs of a flea problem if they are excessively scratching and biting at their skin, especially near the tail. You may also notice small red bumps on your pet’s skin. You may even be able to see fleas crawling on them if you part the fur. Or if you brush your pet you may see fleas or flea dirt

With people, you’ll likely notice itchiness at first.   Flea bites present as small itchy red bumps usually on your legs around the ankles. Unfortunately if you have a flea infestation, it won’t stop with one bite. If you and your pet are both scratching, you both may “have fleas.”

Signs of a flea problem can also be found around your Maine home. Check for reddish-brown “flea dirt” or flea feces on your pet, pet bedding, and carpet. You may also be able to spot flea eggs. They are small, smooth, and white in color and can often be found in carpets, furniture, and pet bedding.

If you suspect a flea problem, call a local exterminator like Dale Carlson of Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control for confirmation and home treatment options.

How to Get Rid of Fleas

There are two steps to getting rid of fleas- treat your pets and treat your home. Ideally, these two treatments should begin at the same time to disrupt the flea life cycle.

Pet Treatments

Thoroughly wash your pets with soap and water and comb their fur with a flea comb. Or have your groomer or vet take care of this properly. Talk to your vet for help choosing flea prevention products  to prevent future problems.

Home Treatments

You can try do it yourself remedies, such as foggers or bug bombs. However, fleas have a complex life cycle and can be resistant to these treatments at certain stages. It may be smarter and easier to simply have a professional come in and exterminate the fleas safely.

You will want to thoroughly vacuum, steam clean carpets and upholstery, and wash all bedding, including your pet’s in hot water.

They have top-grade treatments, knowledge, and experience to thoroughly bring an end to flea infestations.

Professional Flea Extermination

If you have flea problems in Maine, the best solution is to hire a professional exterminator. It’s more effective and more convenient for you. It’s important to solve the problem quickly before it spread and makes your family or pets ill.

At Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control, we follow a two-step process to exterminate fleas: adulticide and insect growth regulator. This process kills both adult fleas and developing fleas, breaking the reproductive life cycle.

We understand how annoying and uncomfortable fleas and other pests can be for your family. For reliable and effective flea and pest extermination in the Portland and Lewiston areas, call Maine Bed Bug and Pest Control at (207) 650-8654.