Fleas

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The Interesting True Facts About Fleas

Every pet owner has several things in common. Some of them good, some of them not so good. One thing that pet owners in your area constantly find themselves battling area fleas. While wildlife and pets are amazing and can provide an attachment that you won’t get anywhere else, they do come with the problem of potential fleas. That being said, most people just consider the flea nothing more than a nuisance. This is the first and biggest mistake. Fleas might be a nuisance, but they are everything and more. They pose serious health risks, as they transmit typhus and plague. Such diseases are vectored through their bite when they sink their teeth into their unsuspecting hosts.

What Types Of Fleas Are Common In My Area?

Another thing that people don’t understand about the flea is, that like other insects, there are a variety of species. There are thousands of known flea species. However, you don’t have to worry about all of them. In your area, it is only the Cat Fleas you have to worry about. And, do not be fooled by their name. Just because they are called Cat Fleas, it does not mean that these critters only attack felines. No, the Cat Flea can be found on anything from the opossum, to the skunk, raccoon, fox, cat, dog, and human.

Understanding The Flea Bite

Fleas not only bite pets, but they’ll bite their human hosts as well. Heck, they’ll bite anyone or anything they attach to. That being said, it is the impact of the bite you need to understand. While the bite itself might not be that painful of an experience, it is something that can eventually lead to hair loss. The constant scratching or flea allergy dermatitis causes the host to lose their hair. This all has to do with a negative reaction to the proteins in the flea saliva. Now, just imagine several fleas biting you at one time. If you could experience hair loss from one flea bite, what about several flea bites? In the most severe of cases, such incidents can lead to death. In others, there is the potential for anemia. Along with all this, the flea is a known host for the tapeworm, which can infect both animals and humans.

Preventing Flea Infestations

It doesn’t matter what type of insect you are dealing with, it’s always best to stop the problem before it starts. Of course, if this was that easy there would never be infestations at all. Because there are infestations, you can likely surmise that prevention isn’t that easy. This is especially true when it comes to critters like the flea. It is impossible to eliminate all risks of flea infestation, but there are plenty of things you can do to mitigate your risks. Here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  • If you are going to get pets or feed wildlife, think twice, especially if you are not going to keep up with proper and regular flea prevention tactics
  • Always keep your pets medicated with flea prevention ointments and rubs
  • Maintain a manicured lawn of three inches or lower
  • Don’t ever feed wildlife or neighbor’s pets
  • If you have decks or porches consider barricading them or putting heavy gauge wire around them
  • Always inspect your pets on the regular
  • Always wash and vacuum your pets homes, clothes, and bedding

While it is entirely impossible to eliminate your threat of flea infestations, we can help you enact flea prevention plans that will go a long way. After helping you successfully eliminate fleas from your property, we’ll provide you with tips and information as to how you can keep your home or property flea-free for the foreseeable future. Whether you need emergency services, have questions, or are concerned about something, you can give our offices a call. We always have highly trained and helpful individuals standing by ready to assist at the drop of a hat.

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