Flea Infestations 101

How to get rid of fleasWhen we think of pests, undoubtedly one of the first things we think of is fleas. Any pet owner knows how essential it is to keep on top of defleaing their cat or dog. This is because fleas and other crawling insects are well known to spread like wildfire and infest a home quickly. They’re also well-known to be a pain to get rid of because of their ability to multiply quickly and travel between surfaces, meaning that by the time you’ve sterilized one area, the fleas have already moved on to the next. 

Flea infestations don’t just happen to pet owners, however. New home owners can often find themselves with a nasty shock after moving into a home that was infested with fleas due to previous owners, and you can even inadvertently bring fleas inside on your shoes. 

 

A flea problem should always be taken seriously, because fleas can cause severe health problems to pets. Not only can these irritating insects cause skin inflammation and other connected dermatological issues, but they can also transmit a variety of nasty diseases. 

 

Though less dangerous, the impact that a flea infestation can have on your and your family is also far from ideal as flea bites are not only irritating, but also can cause allergic reactions, and can even become infected in the right circumstances. Lastly, but certainly not least, fleas also carry and can transmit tapeworms. 

 

The Life of a Flea
To survive, fleas require warm temperatures, and once they are established in an environment they are hard to get rid of. Environments that fleas love include bedding and carpets. They can lay dormant in these areas for months, waiting until outside temperatures start to plummet and the central heating gets turned on. 

How Fleas Spread
The most common way that fleas enter your home is via your pets’ fur. However fleas can also gain entry through your clothes if you’ve visited an infested house or hotel, as well as fabrics such as those bought secondhand. What makes fleas so difficult to get rid of is the fact that adult fleas are so adept at jumping, meaning they can quickly transfer themselves to alternative environments. They’re also able to lay their eggs deep inside the weave of textile items, making them impossible to spot or remove. 

How to Prevent Flea Infestation
Flea prevention starts with checking your pets for fleas as well as making sure to keep on top of anti-flea treatments. A great low-hassle option is to invest in a flea collar for your pet. Keeping up to date with your housekeeping will also help ensure an infestation doesn’t strongly take hold of your home. You should make sure to regularly deep clean your carpet and all textile items of your home to remove any eggs or dormant fleas. 

When an infestation has become established it can be a challenge to not only contain the infestation, but also to remove it entirely. This is why as soon as you notice an infestation you should always call a pest control professional who can make light work of making your home flea-free. 

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