Pest Control and Carpet Cleaning for Pet Owners
House cleaning is a critical part of pest control, especially for those who own pets. Most pet owners allow their pets to stay in the home or at least to come in at various times of the day. They can be the primary source of fleas or ticks entering the home. The conscientious homeowner will be able to stay ahead of the pest control game by some simple cleaning steps.
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Pest Control and House Cleaning
One of the best ways to stay ahead in the tick and flea prevention game is to vacuum your carpets frequently. Most pest control experts suggest that carpets be vacuumed at least three times a week. Regular carpet and rug cleaning can help ensure the house is free from these pests. Remember that fabric furniture should also be vacuumed to eliminate these pests.
Once you have finished vacuuming remove the contents from the house by dumping it into an outdoor trash receptacle.
Bedding throughout the house should be changed and washed frequently especially if pets sleep in those areas at all. Washing bed linens frequently will also help with bedbug prevention. If your pet has its own bedding this too should be washed a couple of times a week. No matter where their sleeping area is it should be cleaned frequently through vacuuming, washing or carpet cleaning depending on the surface. This is true for any area where the pet spends a lot of its time.
Upholstery cleaning and carpet grooming are two of the most important steps in tick and flea prevention on the inside of your house. Fleas and ticks can live in any area that is unkempt until a host comes by on which they can attach and survive. Eliminating them in furnishings and carpeted areas will help prevent them from traveling from one area to another in the house.
Removing Carpet Stains
The first rule in removing stains from carpeted areas is to spot clean frequently. As soon as something is spilled or you notice a stain, it should be dealt with. This will help keep the carpet looking decent between professional carpet cleaning. Some modern carpets are treated with stain-resistant substances which help spills clean up quickly if you see them and clean them soon after the spill occurs.
Liquids should be blotted up carefully; remember not to rub or it can make it worse. By pushing gently on the spilled liquid with a cloth, the liquid will be soaked up. Then rinse the area with water and blot it dry. Dried solids need to be broken up either by hand or by a vacuum cleaner. Once it is mostly gone, rinse the spot with water and blot the area dry.
Most stains, other than those made by harder substances, can be cleaned with just water. If water does not work, then try a carpet cleaning solvent. Work the solvent into the stain with a cloth from the outside in so that the spot is not spread. Then blot the solvent out and rinse with water. Repeat this until the stain is gone.
With any type of carpet cleaning, it is important to allow the area to dry thoroughly. Use a fan to speed drying if necessary. This will help with mold control.
Carpet Cleaning for Pet Owners
Keeping a home’s carpet clean can be complicated by having a pet. Just because you have a beloved pet does not mean you have to get rid of all the carpet and go with bare floors. There are some things that can be done to help keep the carpet looking its best, even with a pet in the home.
To keep the carpet as fresh and clean as possible, vacuum it three times a week. If there is not enough time to vacuum the entire house, then at least vacuum the areas where the pet spends most of its time. The point of vacuuming this frequently will help remove dirt, pet dander and other substances which can cause the growth of bacteria which will cause odors. Vacuuming at least three times a week will help prevent this type of odorous growths as well as help with pest control.
When your pet has an accident, treat the area as quickly as you can. The best way to treat carpet in this case is to use enzyme treatments. Enzyme treatments are available at a reasonable price at most pet stores. It will reduce the chance of odors and bacteria caused by vomit, urine or feces. Make sure to keep the pet away from the area when you are treating the carpet.
Pest Control for Pet Owners
No pet owner wants their pet to suffer so we try to avoid any kind of infestation of common pests like fleas or ticks. Since we like to keep our pet companions in the house it is also important to keep the carpet and furnishings free from pests as well.
Keeping the carpets vacuumed daily will help keep the population of fleas or ticks down substantially. Pay particular attention to the areas where the pet likes to lay or sit for long periods of time. This area can become infested if not cared for properly. While vacuuming the carpets use the appropriate tools to vacuum out the crevices and corners. It is advisable to vacuum the entire home’s carpet at least 3 times a week. During seasons with higher probabilities of pests it may need it more often just to keep ahead of the problem. Also, remember to dump the contents of the bag or container out in the dumpster or fire immediately to avoid fleas and ticks from remaining in the home. It is also essential to vacuum or clean upholstered furnishings.
It can be very useful to make your pet sleep in just one area of the home. This will make cleanup a lot easier.
Flea Prevention Tips
There are nearly 2,000 species of fleas around the world. The cat flea is seen most commonly on dogs, cats and humans and it the one most flea prevention is aimed at. Each time you find one flea on your pet, there are about 30 more in your house. There are some flea prevention basics that can help keep you one step ahead of an infestation.
Always make one area the pet’s sleeping area and choose a place that is easily cleaned often. Do not allow pets to go into attics or basements of the house. And keep a rigid routine for carpet grooming. This means frequents vacuuming of carpets, upholstery cleaning on furniture and any other flooring or areas that merit flea prevention. After vacuuming dispose of the contents immediately and if you use a bagged vacuum cleaner burn the bag.
There should be frequent bedding and rug cleaning in any areas that you r pet is in contact with. This will help keep fleas to a minimum. Your pet should also be groomed daily with a fine-toothed flea comb. Pull the comb in the direction of their fur. Any fleas that are found should be drowned in soapy water.
Bedbug Prevention Tips
Bed bugs are becoming a far too frequent occurrence and bed bug prevention should rank in our minds as highly important as tick and flea protection. Bed bugs are generally found on mattresses, bed frames, clothing, bedding, box springs or any other dark crevices in beds, walls, furniture or walls. They can spread from room to room; and they do bite! There are some effective pest control measures that can be taken to prevent the occurrence of bed bugs.
Put a plastic cover over your bed mattresses and the box springs. Wash bedding frequently, especially the sheets. Get rid of any clutter, especially in the areas around your bed to help eliminate places where bed bugs can hide. When you travel, check all of your belongings before bringing them into the house. It’s a good idea to vacuum out the suitcase too. Unpack your clothes immediately and put them directly into the washer. Wash all your items using the hot water setting. If you are purchasing second-hand items such as clothing or bedding check them closely before making the purchase. Then wash them as soon as you get home. Humans are usually the ones which carry bed bugs, however proper bed bug prevention strategies will include proper grooming and washing of your pets.
Mold Prevention Tips
There are many contributing factors to the growth of mold, including inside pets. Proper mold control is essential for helping to maintain everyone’s health. There are a few practices which can help in reducing mold or preventing it altogether.
The house should maintain a humidity level somewhere between 40 and 60 percent. An air conditioner or a dehumidifier can help keep humidity down during the more humid and hot months. A dehumidifier is an excellent idea for areas which stay damp like a basement.
Make sure the home is properly ventilated and install exhaust fans with a vent to the outside of the home in both the kitchen and the bathrooms. The clothes dryer should also vent to the outside. This will help with controlling inside humidity levels. Bathrooms should also be cleaned with products which will aid in mold control. And before painting any area of the house, it is a good idea to mix mold inhibitors in with the paint before starting.
After flooding dry out the house thoroughly and as quickly as you can. Cleaning carpets is not always enough after a flood and it is best to remove carpets and upholstery which cannot be tried quickly. It’s best to not use carpet in areas that are moist a lot of the time such as bathrooms and basements.