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Fleas are one of the worst household pests for pet owners. If a flea infestation is not dealt with rapidly, it could kill your precious pet. Suffice to say, you don’t want this to happen so you’ll want to fix the problem swiftly. Fleas are parasites that consume blood. Besides being a nuisance, they can put lives at risk. They transmit typhus and other diseases. In our area, fleas are a serious concern. Be ready to deal with the problem so you can protect your dog or cat.
Common Fleas In Our Area
You may encounter various flea species, but you’ll likely have to deal with cat fleas. These pests are most common in our area. In general, they reach an eighth of an inch during adulthood. They’re flat so they look incredibly slim. Their unique body shape makes them difficult to deal with. They’re fast and tricky. Therefore, you won’t be able to grab them between your fingers. Plus, they can quickly move through body hair and fur. Since they’re called cat fleas, many people believe they only target felines. You’ll find that this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Cat fleas are more than willing to attack a handful of pets, including dogs and cats. They’ll also target skunk, opossum, raccoons, and other animals. They’ll sometimes enter residences that do not have pets.
Problems with Flea Bites
Fleas are problematic because they’re going to bite people and pets. When someone gets bit, there is a risk that they’ll experience flea allergy dermatitis. It can impact animals as well. Remember that your pet is going to continue scratching his or her body in hopes of getting rid of the pests. In some cases, this can lead to hair loss. The infestation is only going to worsen. Therefore, it has to be dealt with quickly. A flea infestation can eventually lead to severe blood loss and death. Take the problem seriously and deal with it immediately.
Avoiding Future Flea Infestations
It’ll prove to be very difficult to eliminate a flea infestation. These pests are hardy and tough to handle. Therefore, it is often best to keep them out of your home in the first place. If you can keep them out of your home, you won’t have to worry about them hurting your pets. Thankfully, you can take several steps to keep these pests out of your home. For instance, you need to check your pets regularly to make sure that they’re free of pests. Use the suggestions below to keep them out of your home.
- Make sure that you’re cautious when adopting a new pet. There is always a chance that it has fleas. If it does, you’re going to bring them home with you. Be sure to treat the pet before bringing them home.
- It helps to give your pet an anti-parasite medication. Check the label carefully and make sure the product is designed to prevent and control fleas.
- Make sure that your grass is mowed regularly. It should never be allowed to grow higher than 3 inches.
- Keep wildlife away from your property. Some of them may have fleas. Don’t feed any wild animals.
- Stop animals from climbing under your deck. Install a fence or another barrier to keep them out.
- Carefully inspect your pests several times each day. Look for signs of fleas and flea dirt.
- Talk to a vet before using any flea treatments.
- Wash your pets and their belongings regularly.
- Use a vacuum to clean your home so you can get rid of fleas and flea eggs.
It is not possible to prevent these pests from entering your home. There is always a risk that they’ll find a way to sneak inside. Therefore, you have to be ready for anything. Be prepared by writing down our number.
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