Having fleas in your home is never fun. They can bite you and cause a lot of discomfort, and they are able to spread disease. Whenever you notice an infestation, it is important to act quickly. A small infestation can get out of control very fast when it happens inside the home, as the fleas nest and reproduce rapidly.
Fleas will usually find their way into the home after they latch onto a pet outside. Once they are in the building, they will either lay eggs on their host, who will then spread them around the property, or they will infest the furniture or the bed, and the fleas will spread from there.
As mentioned previously, not only are fleas very annoying parasites, they can also pose quite a serious health risk for all the residents of the home, including you and your pets. Besides spreading potentially fatal diseases such as murine typhus, and the bubonic plague, fleas can also cause allergic reactions with their saliva.
Keeping fleas out of the home
There are several steps that you can take in order to have the maximum odds at preventing a flea infestation in your home. To start, you want to keep your lawns groomed. Fleas are likely to infest a property through all sorts of mammals, including rodents. A well groomed lawn makes your yard less attractive to rodents, and as such, it lowers the odds of fleas entering your property. You also want to make sure that you keep your bushes, shrubs and trees trimmed for the same reason. Furthermore, if you notice any rodents on your property, call a pest control specialist to handle the infestation before the rodents and the fleas start to cause some real problems.
When it comes to your pets, you should always keep them leashed while they are outside, and you want to make sure that you bathe and groom them regularly. If they already have fleas, take them to the vet and apply a recommended treatment against the parasites. Make sure that you vacuum and clean your home frequently, because it will help remove fleas and their eggs.
Getting rid of an infestation
Flea infestations can get out of hand very fast, with female fleas being able to birth hundreds of offspring in the span of a few months. As such, if you think that your home may be infested, you need to act fast. Contact us today to set up a flea inspection.