What to Do If Your Lake Worth Home Comes Under Flea Infestation
September 26, 2018
When you add a furry pet to your family, you know there’s a risk of fleas joining your household as well, but did you know that you don’t have to have pets to have fleas? Even Lake Worth homes void of animals can end up with fleas in them.
Whether you have pets or not, if fleas end up in your home, they can cause unpleasant and even dangerous problems for your family. For example:
- Perhaps the most obvious side effect of a flea infestation is being on the receiving end of flea bites. These bites are itchy and uncomfortable and in some cases can cause allergic reactions.
- Fleas can also cause dermatitis in both humans and animals. In fact, dermatitis is one of the most common skin allergies in dogs.
- Fleas can cause anemia in pets, which, in extreme cases, can sometimes lead to death.
- Fleas can cause intestinal parasites in pets or even small children.
Fleas are tiny pests, about the size of the tip of a pen, so they may not be readily visible when you suspect they’re in your home. If you do think they’ve entered your house, there are several common places to look for them.
- Pets: Fleas often enter your home by hopping onto a furry friend. Your pet also provides fleas with a food source, so look carefully over your pet to see if fleas are present in their fur or on their skin.
- Pet Beds: If your pet has a bed or favorite sleeping spot, it’s likely that you’ll find fleas there.
- Rugs: Fleas and flea eggs can often be found deep in the fibers of a carpet.
- Cracks of flooring: Fleas will also lay eggs in the cracks between floorboards.
- Beds: If you wake up with lots of small, randomly placed, red bites, especially around your ankles, fleas have probably found their way into your bed.
Preventative measures are an important part of flea control. Some ways to keep fleas away from your Lake Worth home include:
- Keeping your pet up-to-date on flea treatments.
- Giving your pet frequent grooming treatments and baths.
- Keeping your yard uninviting to rodents and wildlife that might bring fleas close to (or inside) your home.
Once you have fleas in your house, however, you’ll find that DIY treatment options are often unsuccessful and, in some instances, they can be dangerous to your health.
- Flea bombs, for example, are often toxic and can contaminate personal belongings. They also may not penetrate deep enough into carpet fibers to kill eggs and larvae that may be hiding there.
- Mothballs are another popular flea removal technique that rarely works and exposes your family and pets to fumes that have been known to cause skin irritation and other problems.
- Vacuuming will certainly help reduce the number of fleas in your home temporarily but often doesn’t remove all fleas, eggs, and larvae.
If you find fleas in your home, it’s best to call a pest control company that can safely remove fleas at all levels of development. Nozzle Nolen offers residential pest control options that are safe and effective. Call us today for a free quote.
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