How to Keep Pets Safe from Fleas
September 13, 2018
If you’ve ever had a flea infestation, then you know just how irritating these tiny pests can be and how difficult they are to get rid of. Not only do these parasitic pests cause your pets to itch non-stop due to their bites, but you may also start to notice small clusters of itchy bites on yourself when you get out of bed in the morning or on your ankles as you walk around in your own home! Fleas can breed and multiply very quickly, creating an overwhelming pest infestation in just a short period of time. Even if you’ve never had a flea infestation, it’s important to take measures to prevent one from occurring, especially if you have pets. Fleas are definitely not a pest that you will want to have to deal with this season, or any season for that matter!
Not only can fleas cause your pet lots of discomfort and irritation, but they can pose serious threats to their health as well! Fleas are known to carry several diseases including tapeworm, typhus, and even the plague. Because their bites are so itchy, secondary infections from these bites can also occur, not to mention hair loss from incessant scratching. These diseases can also be spread to humans from flea bites or possibly even from your pets, although it is less common for humans to become infected since fleas can’t breed on humans like they can on our pets. The fur of your pets can provide these pests with both the perfect shelter for them to live in and access to blood meals.
Fleas can find their way into our homes fairly easily. Since these pests have a jump of six inches high and a foot in length, they have no problem jumping onto passing animals and people and any other items coming in through your door. In addition, fleas are very small which makes it easy for them to remain hidden in our pets’ fur or go unnoticed as they cling to material and get carried inside. However, even if you don’t have pets, you are still at risk of a flea infestation. Unfortunately, fleas are often brought to our properties on wildlife animals, which may also be seeking refuge on your property.
It’s important to take precautions in order to keep fleas out of your home. Here are some of our best and most effective tips to keep these pests away. Check with your veterinarian to determine a good flea prevention product for your pets. This will keep fleas from feeding on your pets, but won’t necessarily keep them out of your house. It is also important to vacuum the rugs and upholstered furniture in your home frequently as these are areas where fleas are likely to lay their eggs. Both your bedding and your pet’s bedding should be washed or changed frequently as well. Inspect yourself and your pets for fleas or flea bites regularly. A flea comb may be helpful in order to remove any fleas found on your dogs or cats.
Since fleas multiply very quickly, it can be hard to keep up an infestation inside your home on your own. Not to mention that, even after putting in your best effort, DIY treatments often fail. The easiest and best way to eliminate and prevent flea infestations is to enlist the help of a professional pest control company. At Adams Exterminating Company, we can rid your home of flea problems and provide protection around the outside of your home as well. Instead of trying to fight the ever-growing flea problems in your home on your own, let Adams Exterminating Company send a technician to relieve you of your pest problems! Our trained technicians know exactly how to target fleas and keep them from returning. Contact us today to find out which of our home pest control plans is best suited for you! To learn more about the residential pest control programs we have available, give us a call today!