Fleas are about 1/8 of an inch and can jump nearly a foot, which makes it easy for them to stay undetected as they hitch a ride from the outdoors onto your dog or cat. Not only do fleas bite your dog or cat, but they could also lay eggs and create a bigger problem in your home and to your pet’s health. Fleas have the capability to live in carpets, laying eggs between the fibers. As eggs hatch, the problem spreads. You may not know fleas are in your home until you find them on your pet.
Why do I have fleas in my house?
Flea infestations begin when an animal brings them into the home. This can be a result of a pet, or could be coming from a wild mammal like squirrels, raccoons, and feral cats. Dogs can pick up fleas from contact with other dogs that have fleas. They are excellent jumpers, making it easy for them to travel from host to host. Flea activity in your home can also be a sign of a rodent or wildlife issue. A common hiding place for fleas is rugs and carpeting. According to Flea Science, 83% of fleas develop deep within home carpeting. They burrow into the fibers where they can avoid light and low levels of humidity. Once larvae become adults, they jump onto a passing host such as your dog, which is when you begin to see the infestation. Without breaking the reproductive cycle, fighting a flea infestation is usually an uphill battle.
Are fleas dangerous?
Fleas can spread quickly since each female flea can between 400-800 eggs in her lifetime. They feed on the blood of their host which could easily be your pet or even your leg. Flea bites on humans tend to be around the feet, ankles, and lower legs, appearing as red bumps surrounded by a halo shape. The bites can become very itchy and uncomfortable for both humans and pets.
When fleas choose your pet as a host, they are exposed to a variety of health problems such as tapeworms, anemia, and skin irritation leading to scratching and small exposed wounds. As fleas feed off of your pet, symptoms can progress and quickly become a greater health risk. If you find fleas on your pet, call your veterinarian immediately for help.
How do I get rid of fleas?
If you have fleas in your house, you can also lessen the problem by vacuuming. Target your pet’s favorite spots to lay or spend time. Vacuuming is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce flea populations indoors, but it will not completely solve the problem. Professional pest control is your best defense against flea infestations. There is little that you can do with store bought sprays and foggers to eliminate all of the fleas in your home once they have infested areas such as carpeting. If you suspect that you pet has fleas, call your veterinarian. They may suggest a flea dip as well as specialized shampoos to eliminate the current fleas.
There is very little that you can do on your own to get rid of a flea infestation once it is established in your home because of the complexity of these infestations. The best “DIY” option is to use flea treatments for pets so that they don′t get fleas in the first place. Address rodent and wildlife infestations once you discover them or suspect they are in your home as quickly as possible to avoid the possible spread of fleas. Call Seitz Bros. for a free inspection if you suspect that you have a rodent problem in your home.
How does Seitz Bros. get rid of fleas?
Our Home Protection Plans provide full coverage for fleas and other common household pests, all year-round. Monthly or quarterly service options are available based on your unique needs. Unlimited technician re-visits are available to ensure that your pest problem is under control. If you are looking for a short-term solution to an active flea infestation in your home, the One-Time Flea Elimination Plan may be the best option for you. This plan does not provide coverage for any additional pests.
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