How to Get Rid of Sand Fleas?

People look at the idea of “pests” differently, depending on where they live, what type of pest is causing them problems and how much the pest threatens health and home. Sand fleas are not a problem for everyone but they can be a troublemaker for some.

Let’s take a brief look at sand fleas to get a better idea of what they are. First of all, this type of flea is larger than the common flea we associate with pets. Sand fleas can create healthy problems for human beings, usually after they have been brought into the home on pets, on our clothing or in everyday dust and dirt. Prevention is the best way to deal with sand fleas. But if they are already present, there are some things you can do to get rid of these tiny invaders.

One Step at a Time
If you know for a fact that you have sand fleas, you should immediately vacuum all the carpets, rugs, furniture, curtains and so on. This will get rid of a large number of the little buggers but may not eliminate them all. You may want to try one of the pesticides designed for small pests such as fleas. These should be used as directed and will probably have to be sprayed directly on the areas in which sand fleas hide.

Sand FleaIf you have been able to rid yourself of adult sand fleas you will still have to deal with the eggs left behind. The initial vacuum step may have taken some of these along with adult fleas but it will probably be necessary to steam clean carpets, rugs, furniture etc. to be rid of this pest completely. Extreme heat from the steam will kill live fleas and keep the eggs from hatching.

Outside Activity
Getting rid of fleas outside the home is both prevention and cure. It’s possible that sand fleas will grow in vegetable and flower gardens, in addition to finding homes in other areas. This type of flea has been given the nickname “no-see-um” because they seem to be everywhere, even when we may not have noticed them the day before. In addition, you probably won’t see these little pests but when they bite and cause you to itch you will know they are around.

While sand fleas don’t live on and thrive on pets as the more common type of flea does, they shouldn’t be ignored or taken lightly. They can cause health problems and may grow in large numbers outside the home, waiting for the right time to come in. It’s more likely that you will experience sand fleas if you live near the ocean, where they are quite common in residential areas.

Even if you have vacuumed your home carefully, used insecticide and steam cleaned, you should continue to look for signs of fleas, eggs and larvae. It may be wise to vacuum several additional times and use insecticides safely, as directed. You may even want to use an organic-based pest treatment for the furniture and bedding used by pets.

Category: Home & Garden, Pest Control

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