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FORT WORTH (CBS11) – You might not like our humid, sultry summer weather, but fleas love it.
Pest experts say they’ve seen a much larger number of infestations than normal.
And it doesn’t take long to know the fleas are in your home.
“Usually when you find out you have fleas it goes something like this, ‘Ouch! What was that? Something bit me’, said Tarrant County Pest Control owner Brent Russell.
And with that first bite you know you have a flea fight on your hands.
“It’s horrible because sometimes you might leave one or two and it will grow back,” said dog owner Erica Anaya. “Constantly. They grow a lot.”
And now a warm winter and rains in the spring and summer have caused an explosion in the flea population.
“I’ve actually walked through a room and from my knees down to the bottom of my shoes my pants were just solid black because they were just covered in fleas,” Russell said.
Flea infestations are difficult even for professionals to get rid of. There are two things you have to do. First, attack the fleas on a broad scale.
“You have to treat the inside of the house, the outside of the house and the animals all at the same time,” Russell said.
Secondly, pesticides can kill fleas but their eggs survive for two weeks waiting for a source of blood to come by so they can feed. Professionals spray a chemical that keeps fleas from laying eggs.
“Once we get rid of them we want to make sure they stay gone,” Russell said.
Here’s what you need to look for on the flea spray if you want to treat on your own: a flea spray with a growth regulator. That keeps them from laying eggs. Two weeks after the first treatment treat a second time. You can also take preventative measures by giving your dog flea treatments and having your back yard treated before their is an infestation.
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