Have you noticed your pet itching more than normal? If you have, your pet may be suffering from fleas. These pests can prove difficult to get rid of, and can cause quite a bit of irritation to you and your pets in the process. There are some steps that you can take to help you avoid fleas bombarding your home. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to talk all about fleas, what they look like, how to get rid of them, and the problems they can cause.
How Do I Know My House has Fleas?
The best indicator of a flea problem is often the behavior of your pet. If notice your pet is abnormally itchy, has red skin, or is all of a sudden losing hair, you may have a flea problem. If you are suspicious, you will want to check the hind quarters of your pet along with the neck and head, as this is the most common place you will find these pests. Fleas are large enough to see with the naked eye. They are dark brown to black in color with flat bodies and no wings. Even though these pests don’t fly, they are remarkable jumpers. They can jump nearly 4 feet! This makes it easy for them to move from host to host. Even though your pet and other animals are usually the target for fleas, they can jump on you too. It isn’t uncommon for humans to suffer from flea bites when an infestation happens.
Do Fleas Spread Diseases?
Fleas feed on the blood of animals and humans, and because of this, they do carry diseases. They actually carry some very serious viral and bacterial illnesses including: the bubonic plague, marine typhus, and even parasites like tapeworms. Like mentioned above, their bite doesn’t only pose serious health risks, but can be so irritating that it can lead to hair loss from excessive scratching.
How Do You Get Rid of a Severe Flea Infestation?
The first thing that needs to be treated is your pet. This can be done with medicines, collars, and special shampoos. Your vet is a good source in treatment recommendations for your pets. When treating your home, all blankets, bedding or towels should be laundered. When washing linens and blankets, use the hottest setting possible in the washing machine and dryer to completely kill this pest. Persistent vacuuming is key in getting rid of this pest as well. Fleas tend to lay their eggs in your carpet and vacuuming is a very effective way to get rid of them. It is almost impossible to get rid of this pest without the help of a professional pest control company though. They are persistent and small, which makes them hard to completely kill. Your pest control company will more than likely have to treat more than once to kill them completely and kill eggs that have hatched after the first treatment.
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Because of the health risk posed by flea infestations, you should contact A Five Star Termite & Pest Control as soon as you suspect a flea infestation in your home. With their knowledge and the proper tools, they can eradicate your flea problem quickly and completely.