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How You May Be Underestimating Fleas In Plano

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Don’t let the small size of a flea fool you. These minuscule insects can bring many problems into your home. If you don’t think that fleas are a major problem, there are a few things you should know. Find out how you could be underestimating fleas in Plano.

What Are Fleas?

Fleas are tiny creatures that only measure about 2.5 millimetres in length. Although they are difficult to see, you can make out their reddish-brown bodies. They have no wings and are covered in tiny hairs. They have adapted to move easily through animal fur. Despite their lack of wings, fleas can jump a long distance. They have the ability to jump as high as 7 inches and as far as 13 inches.

Because fleas are common throughout Plano and the rest of the United States, most people don’t think twice about finding a flea or two on their pets or in their homes. However, you shouldn’t take the situation lightly. They can be a nuisance and cause health problems.\

The Problem With Fleas

Fleas bite their hosts and leave behind swollen marks. Typically, those marks are itchy and uncomfortable. Some people are allergic to fleas, which results in even more irritation and discomfort. But an allergic reaction shouldn’t be your biggest concern. Like some other pests, fleas have the potential to transmit diseases. Between 2004 and 2016, the number of diseases caused by bites from fleas tripled. It’s believed that fleas are responsible for at least two major plagues, which makes these creatures quite dangerous.

Another problem with fleas is how difficult it is to eliminate an infestation. Because fleas reproduce quickly, they can take over a home in only a short time. Simply killing off all the adult fleas isn’t enough to eliminate an infestation. If you want to solve the problem, you need to destroy all remaining eggs and prevent fleas from coming back. DIY methods of flea elimination often aren’t successful. Therefore, most infestations require the help of an experienced professional.

Preventing Fleas

It’s a common misconception that homeowners with no pets don’t need to worry about fleas. But pets aren’t the only way for fleas to enter your home. Fleas can be brought into your yard by other critters, and may eventually make their way into your house. Whether or not you have pets, you should take some preventative measures to keep fleas away. Here are a few steps you should take to prevent them:

Use Flea And Tick Prevention On Your Pets

If you do have pets, be sure to use flea and tick prevention products. There are shampoos, soaps, and medications available to keep fleas away from your pets. However, some methods are more effective than others. Speak with your veterinarian for more advice on finding a product.

Vacuum Frequently

Fleas often lay eggs in carpets. By vacuuming your carpets on a regular basis, you may be able to eliminate flea eggs and prevent a relentless cycle of breeding. While this alone won’t keep fleas away, it’s a good start.

Maintain Your Yard

A yard with debris and tall grass is a haven for wildlife and insects. To keep your yard free of fleas, you should maintain it well. Mow your grass as needed and don’t leave piles of debris lying around.

Work With A Professional

Because fleas in Plano are so difficult to eliminate, the best way to keep fleas out is with a collaborated effort between your vet and your pest control professional. They understand how to effectively prevent and exterminate fleas in a safe manner. Contact Adams Exterminating Company and learn more about how we can help you.

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