Once the weather warms up in these next few weeks everyone will be ready to get outside again and soak in the sunshine after a long winter of spending most of your days doing indoor activities. And just like you, your pets are ready to get outside again and explore your yard, park, neighborhood, and anywhere else you may take them. But, also like you and your pets, other species like fleas are also once again becoming active. Because of this it is important that you know what fleas look like, along with what you can do to help prevent these troublesome pests from infesting your pets and your home. Also, what action should you take if they do happen to make your home their feeding grounds.
Fleas are wingless parasites that feed on the blood of mammals; they are most often introduced onto your property by wild animals that are just passing by. Adult fleas are very small, dark brown in color and have a hard shell that makes it very difficult to squish them. Fleas are fast and have specially developed back legs that allow them to jump up to 6 inches in order to get onto a new host (aka you or your pets). Flea eggs are very small and difficult to see but you can almost be certain that if your pet has adult fleas on them they also have eggs - the same goes for your home.
Once fleas are in your home they will not just be satisfied with staying on your pets and feeding off of their blood. Fleas are not picky and you and your family members will soon start noticing flea bites on your bodies. If fleas bite you, you will likely find (and feel) small and very itchy raised bumps on your skin. You are probably now asking yourself, “are fleas really dangerous for me and my pets, or are they just more of an annoyance?” And the answer is, fleas can be dangerous to both you and your pets, they can infect both people and animals with tapeworms, they have been known to carry the bubonic plague, and sometimes murine flea borne typhus. If you notice fleas in your home or on your pets, we recommend that you take immediate action to get rid of them because they can very quickly take over your entire house.
As a home, pet and property owner fleas can be difficult to prevent but along with pest control services from Rottler there are some things that you can do to prevent these pests from invading your home. Flea prevention tips include:
· Making sure that your dogs and cats are properly treated with flea preventative - one approved by your veterinarian.
· Inspecting your pets and yourself for fleas after spending time outdoors and before going inside your home.
· Regularly vacuuming your home, especially carpeted areas and furniture where your pets spend a lot of time.
· Regularly wash your pets bedding to help kill both live fleas or flea eggs that could be just waiting to spread through the home.
If you do find that your home has become invaded with fleas this spring, summer or fall, our experts at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions can help. Our Signature Pest Control program will work to eliminate your flea problem and provide you with year-round preventative services to stop future problems with these itch inducing pests. For help with fleas or other pests contact the experts at Rottler today!