Student pet owners are generally more at risk for encountering fleas on their pets and in their homes. Due to the close living quarters of most student housing complexes, pet owners may find their pets attracting fleas frequently, as it is easy for a pet to pick up fleas from another pet.
One of the ways animals get fleas is by interacting with other pets with fleas. Pets in student apartments run into each other all the time.
According to a veterinary assistant, the most affordable way to rid your home and pet of fleas and ticks is to take preventative measures. Keeping floors, bedding, and furniture clean through routine vacuuming is the easiest way to ward off these pests.
Every season can be flea season, but spring is the worst. Usually places with a colder season will knock out fleas completely.
Areas with colder climates have a more defined flea season. However, flea infestation does increase as the temperatures rise. Fleas are more common as the weather gets warmer.
Taking precautionary steps to avoid flea infestation is important, but fleas can also get into a home by jumping onto your clothes or shoes. Clearing around the home of debris may help keep fleas away from the house.
When a pet is attacked with fleas, most pet owners turn to topical medications. These medications are absorbed into the pet’s hair follicles, so when a flea jumps onto the pet, it is either sterilized or killed — depending on which medication is being used.
If an inspector notices fleas in one of the rentals during turn-over season, it is time to call an exterminator and get rid of the fleas from your property. Their standard protocol usually involves flea bombing the unit and shampooing the carpets.
As summer is approaching, the best way to prevent your cat or dog from attracting fleas is to keep your house or apartment clean. If your pet does get fleas, topical or oral medication can be purchased at a number of local veterinary offices.
For more information on removing fleas from student housing, contact EHS Pest Control.