Why Summer Flea Infestations in Florida Are More Than Just a Nuisance
July 20, 2018
Unfortunately, fleas are very common household pests, especially in South Florida cities like Port St. Lucie where the hot humid weather allows them to thrive and be very active throughout most of the year. Most every homeowner will agree that these tiny, jumping, biting pests are a huge annoyance to deal with, but it is also important to understand that fleas do pose real dangers to the people and pets that they come into contact with — fleas are more than just an annoyance! Having fleas living in your home or on your property should not be tolerated; instead, precautions should be taken to help prevent these pests from introducing dangerous health and other problems to you, your family members, and your beloved pets.
Fleas are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of a wide range of hosts, giving them a unique ability to carry and transmit a variety of dangerous diseases and parasites to both people and animals. As a refresher on just how dangerous these tiny pests can be, Nozzle Nolen’s professionals want to provide you with a quick reference list of the potential dangers that they can cause:
- Tapeworm - Fleas are an in-between host for tapeworm. Flea larvae feed on tapeworm segments that are on the ground and, once consumed, the tapeworm then begins to mature in the flea’s body. When your pet is grooming itself and comes into contact with a flea and ingests it, they can become infected with tapeworm. Fleas also have the ability to spread tapeworm to people in a similar manner, if a flea is accidentally ingested by a person, most likely a child, they will also be infected with tapeworm.
- Plague Bacteria - Through not nearly as common as in previous centuries, today’s fleas are still capable of spreading plague bacteria.
- Murine Typhus - This disease caused by the bacteria called Rickettsia typhi and is transmitted by fleas who pick up this bacteria from infected rats.
- Allergic reaction - Many pets and people can be allergic to the saliva of fleas, resulting in a severe, itchy dermatitis to develop.
- Secondary Infection - Flea bites are notoriously itchy, and constantly scratching at the bites can lead to secondary infection in both people and pets and will require medical attention.
- Anemia - If a pet is severely infested with fleas, they can develop anemia from the fleas constantly feeding on their blood. This can make the pets very ill and if not treated, can even become life-threatening.
To protect yourself, pets, and your children from the dangers that fleas can introduce, put into place a flea preventative plan today. This plan should include having pets treated continuously with a flea preventative under the care of your veterinarian; it should also include putting a year-round pest preventative package from the Port St. Lucie pest control experts at Nozzle Nolen into place rather than attempting DIY methods. Fleas are known for being extremely difficult to control without professional help due to the fact that they are capable of multiplying rapidly, they are constantly being introduced onto properties by wild animals, and you can’t just treat the adults — all of the eggs and larvae need to be found and treated or a re-infestation will occur.
To solve your Port St. Lucie property’s flea problems once and for all and to keep your family safe from their potential dangers, contact Nozzle Nolen and lets us develop a long-term solution against fleas and other common household invaders. Call us today to learn more!
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