Should I Be Concerned About Fleas This Fall In Denton Texas?
September 26, 2019
Fleas are certainly a pest to be concerned about. If they infest your Denton home, they can be a nightmare to deal with and frustrating pests to eliminate. They're also a threat for diseases that can impact dogs, cats and humans. These insects are linked to Murine typhus, bartonellosis, flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, anemia, and the Bubonic plague—yes, that's still a thing. While fleas can get into your Denton home any time of the year, they are more likely to get in during the fall. Here's why.
The Rodent Connection
You are probably aware that dogs and cats can bring fleas into your home but are you aware that rodents can bring them in as well? It's true. Mice and rats commonly bring fleas into Denton homes. When they do, they often go undetected. Mice and rats are quiet animals. While they can bump, scrape and make chewing sounds in walls or ventilation ducts, this is not the norm. Most of the time, they don't make a peep. Keep rodents in mind as you consider flea prevention.
Rodents in the Fall
When temperatures drop, rodents sometimes find reasons to get into our Denton homes. As they explore foundation walls, sniff around door frames, get under decks, and run along the bottoms of garage doors during the fall and winter, they detect heat coming out. This gives them an incentive to get inside. If mice or rats get in your home this fall or winter, they are going to bring fleas, ticks and other parasites in with them. This can expose you and your pets to irritating bites which could lead to sickness in your home.
It doesn't take long for a flea infestation to grow out of control. A flea has a lifespan of about 100 days. During that short life, female fleas can have as many as 500 offspring. When you apply simple math, the numbers are alarming. If half of the 500 offspring created by a single female flea are also female fleas, and we multiply those 250 by 500, we get 125,000 fleas in just over 3 months! Obviously, it doesn't quite work this way. Many of the flea larvae that hatch don't survive. But, it is still quite disturbing how many fleas can infest your Denton home in a short period of time.
When fall flea infestations rise, you don't have to be concerned--if you have residential pest control from Adams Exterminating Company. We can help you reduce fleas around your home, keep rodents out of your home, and quickly address any infestation that takes root in your home. Reach out to us and request a free inspection to learn about the pest pressures you have and what services will work to protect your family from fleas and other disease-spreading pests. We're here to help.