What are fleas?
Fleas are tiny insects that invade our yards and homes in large numbers, driving us and our pets crazy. The only source of food for fleas is the blood of warm-blooded animals. Their preferred hosts are animal hosts like cats, dogs, rodents, wild animals, and livestock. While fleas will feed on us, people are not their preferred hosts. These pests are regularly introduced into our yards by wild animals, which makes controlling and preventing problems with these pests tricky.
Are fleas dangerous?
Most people and animals are allergic to flea salvia and, after being bitten, will develop a red itchy rash. Rashes caused by flea bites are quite itchy and can lead to secondary infections. In our pets, flea infestations can cause secondary infections, hair loss, and sores.
In the United States, fleas are not a significant disease source, but they do spread tapeworms and can spread diseases like murine typhus, tularemia, and bubonic plague. Another concern with fleas is how fast they reproduce. Just a few fleas finding their way into your home can quickly lead to a large infestation that is difficult to manage.
Why do I have a flea problem?
Fleas are very tiny, which means they can easily find a way into your house without you noticing. If, while outside, fleas jump onto you or your pets, you can unknowingly introduce them into your home.
Common places where you and your pets may come into contact with fleas include your backyard, parks, athletic fields, and campgrounds. Fleas will also move into your home on rodents and other wild animal intruders.
Where will I find fleas?
Fleas spend most of their lives on the backs of their animal hosts, feeding on them from the outside of their bodies. Fleas use their specialized mouthparts to bite through the skin of a host and feed.
After fleas move into your home on you or your pets, they will find their way onto your carpeting, upholstered furniture, and bedding. If they need a blood meal, they will most likely jump onto and feed on your pets, but if pets aren’t available, they will feed on you.
How do I get rid of fleas?
Get rid of fleas from your home and yard with the help of a locally owned and operated company dedicated to protecting southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts properties from dangerous, damaging, and annoying pests like fleas.
Through personalized services, a deep knowledge of the local areas we serve, and effective pest control methods, we will solve your property’s pest problems. To learn more about our flea control options, reach out to Master Mosquito Control today!
How can I prevent fleas in the future?
Prevent fleas with the help of the professionals at Master Mosquito Control and our useful prevention tips:
- Vacuum your home regularly.
- Keep your lawn mowed short and cut vegetation back from your home’s exterior.
- Groom your pets regularly and place them on a year-round vet-approved flea preventative.
- Make your property unattractive to rodents and other wild animals that are often covered in fleas by removing bird feeders and keeping lids on trash cans and compost bins.
- Remove things like leaf piles, woodpiles, and overgrown shrubs from your yard where fleas that are waiting for a host like to hide.
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