If you and your pets can’t stop scratching, you may be dealing with a flea problem. These parasites normally live off our furry friends, but they will also bite other mammals, including humans, if they have the opportunity. Fleas can infiltrate your home year-round, but they are even more prevalent in the hot summer months. If you notice your pets scratching consistently, or if you’re experiencing small bites on your body, it may be time to call in the professionals.
How Fleas Get in Your Home
These blood-suckers hitch a ride on rodents and wildlife. When these animals get in to your yard, your pets are at risk of picking up the pesky creatures and bringing them into your home. In order to keep fleas off your pets and out of your home, it is important to take steps to keep rodents and wildlife at bay. You could install a fence, remove any food sources that may be attracting animals, and keep your lawn well maintained and trimmed – especially since fleas thrive in tall grass.
Averaging only 2.5 cm long, fleas can be tough to see with the naked eye, and they are excellent jumpers, making them hard to keep track of and identify. Their dark, thin and flat bodies usually blend in to dark surfaces, and you may not even see them unless they are on a light background.
In addition to making it harder for wildlife to infiltrate your yard, there are more steps you can take to prevent a flea infestation. Most important, keep your pets flea-free. You can do this with frequent grooming and by applying a preventive flea medication. You can find these in topicals and pill forms. If you notice your pets do have fleas, first kill the fleas on your pets then you can work on killing the fleas inside your home.
Fleas can wreak havoc on our pets and in our homes. Keep fleas outside by taking preventive measures before they get in. If you do find yourself with a problem, contact your local pest control company for recommended options to eliminate these annoying bugs.