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Termites are nasty critters that work their way into your home and destroy it from the inside out. My name is Linda, and I am a pest control specialist. I have seen many homes and other buildings absolutely destroyed by termites. A termite infestation can cause a great deal of time and money to fix, and I'd like to tell you how to avoid having termites in the first place. I'll also discuss the clues that you have termites in your home and what to do if you already have an infestation. You can fix a termite problem, but you should act as quickly as possible. Let me be your guide.


Got Termites? I Can Help

What To Do When Your New Rescue Cat Has Fleas

by Letitia Hunt

If you have just adopted a recuse cat, and have found out that they have fleas, you are probably wondering how to handle the situation. The good news is that this is not a problem that will result in huge vet bills. You can get flea treatments over the counter that will kill the fleas on the cat. The more troublesome issue is if the fleas have gotten off your cat and into your carpets or other places in your home. In that case you will need to get an exterminator to come in and kill all of the fleas. Think of it as a time saver, as well as a money saver. If you kill all of the fleas that live on the cat, but leave the ones hiding in the carpets alone, then cat will get fleas again. This will require you to treat your cat over and over with flea medicines, which is not a great idea since they can cause your cat to get ill, so it's best to limit your cat's exposure to the medicine.

Treat The Cat

The first step is to treat the cat. You have several methods to do this. The two most common methods involve flea shampoos and flea collars. A shampoo is a one-time treatment. It can be very effective at killing all fleas on the cat body. What you have to be aware of is that the fleas may try and travel up to the cats head when you start soaping up the cat. And because you don't submerge the cats head in water, the fleas that make it there won't be killed. One solution is to apply the shampoo all around the neck first. This will create a "wall" or "barricade" that they won't travel past. Then you can use a comb to remove the fleas on the head.

The flea collar is a more long term solution. The collars are saturated with a poison that kills fleas. This will work over time. You don't have to worry about bathing the cat, but you do have to make sure that the cat doesn't try and rip off the collar. Also, these collars can be toxic to your cat if they chew on it, so it's essential that you keep an eye on the cat for a while.

Treat The House

It's important to also treat your house. You can get special shampoos that are used for carpets that will kill fleas. You apply them to the carpet, let them dry, and then vacuum them up. There are poisons in the carpet shampoo that will kill all of the flea eggs and adult fleas.

However, often a shampoo is not enough. In some cases, fleas can hide in cracks between floorboards, in drapes, under furniture, and even deep in the carpet where your over-the-counter shampoo might not reach them. For this reason you might want to get a flea exterminator to come in. They have special pesticides that can be used that are stronger than the stuff you can get at your local pet store. Also, they understand where to look for fleas; places that might not be obvious to you as a first timer dealing with a flea infestation.

For more information, contumacy a  local flea exterminator.