When you have pets, fleas may seem like an inevitable fact of life. What you may be unaware of, however, is that your pets’ fleas can be fleas on people just as easily, and flea diseases aren’t worth the risk. The good news is that fleas are completely preventable. Keep reading to learn more about the signs of a flea infestation, the dangers fleas pose to your health, and the best prevention and extermination tips.
How To Tell If You’re Dealing With A Flea Infestation
Fleas are very small and, therefore, hard to detect. However, to the watchful eye, there are signs of their presence that differentiate fleas from other bugs. If you suspect a flea infestation, look out for these signs:
- Flea bites on your ankles and knees
- Welts, red skin, and rashes
- Scratching pets who may be losing hair or have pale gums
- Fleas or flea eggs on your socks after rubbing them on the carpet
- Actual fleas hopping around carpet, drapery, or pets
- Fleas do not often come inside a human, so often, the best way to get rid of fleas starts with pet or pest flea control.
Why Fleas In Your Home Can Be A Major Health Concern
Whereas fleas live on pets 24/7, fleas on people aren’t permanent parasites. They will bite where and when it is convenient after they’ve fallen off of your pets or other pests who’ve brought them inside. If you don’t have a pet and have a flea problem, you need to immediately look into professional flea control in Albany. These pests cannot live without a host, so if they have not come in on a pet, they will have come in on a pest.
When fleas resort to biting you, they may be able to transmit flea diseases such as murine typhus, the bubonic plague, bartonellosis, and tapeworms. While typhus typically resolves on its own, cat-scratch disease is particularly threatening to people with compromised immune systems and can result in infections of the heart valves. The plague still infects around seven people in the United States each year. While all versions of the plague are serious, the bubonic plague is especially dangerous.
Five Eco-Friendly Flea Prevention Tips For Your Home
It’s understandable to want to avoid poisons in your home when dealing with pests, but it’s important for your health and the health of others to stay on top of flea control and prevent flea bites. To practice eco-friendly prevention, try these five tips:
- Keep your pets treated for fleas and brush them after they’ve been outdoors.
- Trim your yard often, and don’t leave potted plants, debris, and shrubs underneath your windows or beside your door.
- Wash your pet’s bedding and toys often.
- Sweep and vacuum regularly.
- Don’t feed, pet, or bring your pets near wild animals.
For the most part, taking care of your pet will take care of most flea problems. If you don’t have a pet, and you have fleas, you may have a pest problem that is bringing dangerous disease vectors into your home.
The Flea Control Benefits Of Calling In The Professionals
The best way to get rid of fleas and find out how to keep them away year-round is by calling Pestmaster® Services. With our environmentally conscious methods, we can give you fast and effective relief from fleas in your home with minimal risk to your health and the health of our ecosystem. With Pestmaster® Services, we can promise a pest-free home and yard as well as guidance for creating a pest-free future through natural pest prevention. Call Pestmaster® Services today to find out how we can keep your home flea and pest-free for good.