Do you find that fleas just keep coming back in your home? They may not be coming from outside. There are many mistakes that pet owners make when trying to treat fleas; fleas can be extremely hardy and difficult to remove. With that in mind, here are a few things you might want to avoid.

Treating Only the Animals

Whether you've given your pets pills or a flea bath, treating only the animals isn't going to help for long. This is because it won't kill eggs that have fallen into the carpet. Flea eggs don't stay on an animal; they end up dispersed into bedding, carpeting, upholstery and other areas of your home. Those eggs will eventually hatch and turn into more fleas unless you treat your entire house. Carpeting can be treated with flea sprays or diatomaceous earth.

Using Flea Collars

Flea collars are actually just a band of poison that goes around the animal's neck. It doesn't absorb into their system and it does not kill fleas in the area; moreover, many of them are toxic to animals themselves. The flea collar will kill fleas that come in direct contact with it but it will not kill eggs, so it's really only a temporary solution.

Not Using Preventative Maintenance

The goal with fleas is to never get fleas. Preventative maintenance, such as topical drops and a monthly pill, is the best way to ensure that your home remains flea free. Since a single female flea can lay hundreds of eggs, preventative maintenance is really the only way to ensure that your home doesn't experience an infestation. So after you have gotten rid of the fleas around your home, it's a good idea to start flea medication on a schedule. 

Forgetting About Their Carriers

If you've treated all your pets and your home yet you keep finding fleas around, you might have forgotten about their carriers: rats and mice. If your home isn't properly protected through a pest control service like Chem-Wise Ecological Pest Management Services or another company, mice may be bringing fleas in like a small, furry taxi. Don't assume that just because you can't see mice they aren't around. Mice can get in and out of a house undetected when they're foraging.

Once a flea infestation gets bad, it's usually best to just call a pest control service. Don't make the mistake of thinking that fleas are just a nuisance -- fleas can be fatal to animals, especially smaller animals, when the infestation gets too bad.