Dangers Fleas Pose for Lewisville Residents and Pet Owners This Summer

July 16, 2019


a dark grey and white cat perfusly scratching at her fleas in a lewisville kentucky yard

As any Lewisville pet owner knows, flea problems get worse in the summer because that's when they breed. When new fleas hatch, there seems to be an endless increase in their population.

Fleas are more than a nuisance pest. They are known to carry a variety of diseases that are dangerous to humans and pets, including tapeworm and cat-scratch disease. Their bites are also very itchy and irritating, which can lead pets to scratch themselves to the extent that they develop hair loss in spots or get a secondary infection.

Fleas are incredible jumpers, considering their size. A tiny flea can jump up to 6 inches high and 12 inches horizontally, which means that one hiding in the grass can quickly jump onto a passing cat or dog; thus gaining a free ride into your home.

While fleas are most likely to infest a home with a dog or cat, they can also be carried in by a rodent. Your first inkling that you have them in your house may not come until you begin feeling bites around your ankles.

 

Reduce your Infestation Chances with the following tips:

  • Ask your vet to recommend the most effective flea treatments for your pets.

  • Check your pets frequently for fleas and use a flea comb to help remove them.

  • Vacuum your home frequently, especially the areas where your pet sleeps and areas where fleas could hide, such as in rugs and upholstered furniture.

  • Frequently wash bedding.

  • Keep grass and weeds trimmed to provide fewer hiding places for insects outside.

  • Clean up woodpiles and other areas where rodents and other animals that carry fleas may hide or find food.

 

Call a Pro

It’s easy to miss fleas when applying DIY treatments, and after taking the above steps, you may still find yourself hosting an infestation. These insects also multiply quickly, so once in your home, they can quickly become a serious problem.

While DIY flea treatments are readily available, they aren't very beneficial, and Lewisville homeowners frequently get discouraged when using them. You can waste a lot of time and money trying to fight fleas on your own, but the smartest move is to call the professionals at Adams Exterminating Company.

Whether you want a flea treatment or you would like us to establish a complete pest control program for your home, we have a variety of options that will fit your needs. We'd be happy to help you find the solution to your pest problem.

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