Is It Dangerous To Have Fleas In My Twin Falls Home?
November 20, 2021
Fleas are an extremely common problem in homes across the United States. Not only do they follow your pets indoors, but they can also come in upon other pests like rats and mice and risk your family’s health. There are a few variations in the U.S., the cat flea being most common, the others being the dog flea, the human flea, and the rat flea. These tiny pests can be hard to spot, but there are a few ways to catch them early and identify the kind of problem you’re facing.
Flea Warning Signs & Identification
Catching fleas early is vital to prevent a spread across your home. The most common warning sign to watch for is itchy, scratching pets. While dog and cat fleas are typically brownish-black, they can also be reddish-brown in color. They grow up to ⅛ of an inch long. Their heads are disproportionately small and they have huge back legs and flat, wingless bodies.
Dangers Of Flea Infestations
Fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis and are carriers of the bubonic plague, murine typhus, tapeworm, and can cause anemia. Females can produce up to 2,000 offspring in their 100-day lifespan, making infestations widespread. They live and lay their eggs in the hair of the host. Eggs may fall off and hatch in the carpet. Then they get inside by latching onto hosts or simply clinging to clothing. Fleas may hide in furniture, carpet, and cracks in the floor.
Fleas are so common that many who experience them don’t take them seriously. These pests are vectors of severe diseases, and they can become a problem in homes even without pets. Freeloading fleas can make life miserable, but there are some prevention methods to try.
How To Prevent Fleas
While it’s possible to bring fleas inside yourself, it’s far more likely to come from a non-human host. Then, much of the prevention comes from pet care and general pest control to keep flea-carrying intruders from bringing them inside.
Pet care prevention:
Keep pets treated for fleas year-round.
Regularly bathe and groom them, especially after walks or playtime with other animals.
Check pets thoroughly before coming indoors.
Walk them on leashes and keep them out of areas with high grass.
Wash bedding, toys, and collars frequently.
Keeping your pet clean and flea-free will take care of most flea prevention, but there are other means for them to get in. Prevent fleas from riding in on other pests with these methods.
General pest prevention:
Fill cracks and crevices around the outside of the home with silicon-based caulk.
Remove any sources of standing water and fix any leaks.
Keep outdoor trash sealed tightly and away from the house. Indoor trash should be taken out frequently.
Homes should be regularly sanitized, and even outdoor spills should be cleaned thoroughly.
Vacuum the carpet frequently, especially after walks with pets.
Keep logs and old tires at least twenty feet away from the house.
Maintain the lawn to eliminate potential hiding places for pests.
Minimizing the ways that fleas can get into your home will go a long way towards lowering your risk of an infestation.
The Best Flea Prevention
These tiny pests are hard to spot and can easily come in without you knowing. For the most fool-proof method, trust your veterinarian and Owyhee Environmental to collaborate on flea prevention for your home. Our top concern at Owyhee Environmental is your safety and health, so our treatment and prevention are safe, affordable, and environmentally friendly. For a free quote specific to your Twin Falls pest control needs, contact us today!