How Dangerous Is It To Have Fleas In My Hendersonville Home?
August 13, 2021 - Fleas
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but fleas are pests that commonly plague Hendersonville, North Carolina area homeowners. And yes, they are dangerous to have in your home because they can transmit diseases to you and your pets. Although there are more than 2,500 different flea species out there, there’s only one that’s problematic to humans and pets, and those are cat fleas. Fleas are hazardous because they are parasites, which means they rely on the blood of other mammals and birds to survive. Unfortunately, when these insects move into our homes, their food source becomes our pets, although they can also bite humans if aggravated.
Fleas can cause anemia and flea dermatitis and even cause smaller animals to require blood transfusions. They also carry the bacteria that causes cat scratch disease (Bartonella henselae) in humans. Fleas can transmit other parasites to their hosts, like tapeworms, which can enter a pet’s digestive system if the pet accidentally swallows a flea that’s carrying tapeworms when grooming itself. Cat fleas can transfer the rodent tapeworm (Hymenolepis diminuta) to humans, particularly hazardous to young children.
What Do Fleas Look Like & Where Do They Live?
Fleas are tiny, wingless insects that measure two to four millimeters in length. They are reddish-brown in color with a flat body that stands on six legs. Though they are barely visible to the naked eye, fleas have strong legs, which allow them to travel from animal to animal by jumping. Their shell also makes them difficult to crush, which allows them to live in carpets without being noticed. They also tend to hide in floor cracks, on furniture, and in bedding.
Where Do Fleas Come From?
Fleas may live in your yard, especially if your lawn has high grass or includes areas that are warm, damp, and shaded, such as piles of wood and leaves, which fleas prefer. If you have an outdoor doghouse, they can also take up residence there.
Fleas usually enter the home by hitching a ride on the fur of pets that go outdoors, even if it’s only in your yard. Fleas can also hop onto your pet’s fur from another animal with fleas or from dirt or grass that contains fleas. Fleas can cling to your pet’s underbelly and move to your carpet or the pet’s bedding when your pet takes rest. If your cat or dog sleeps in your bed, then, yes they’ll transfer there, too.
Flea Prevention Tips For Hendersonville Homeowners
Luckily, there are quite a few ways to prep your living space and protect yourself, your home, and your pets from fleas. Here are four suggestions:
- Clean your yard regularly. Maintaining a well-manicured lawn by regularly cutting the grass, raking leaves, and removing piles of organic rubbish will offer fleas fewer places to nest.
- Throw away old products. Products show an expiration date for a reason, and that’s because, beyond this date, they will no longer work as effectively. Toss those old flea products in the trash and check out the new options available.
- Treat your pets for ticks year-round. Since fleas enter homes mainly on pet fur, it’s important to treat your pets for fleas year-round - Check in with your veterinarian to choose the product most suitable for your pet.
- Clean your home thoroughly. Fleas hide in areas that aren’t disturbed, so when cleaning your home, be sure to clean the entire room - underneath furniture and baseboards - in addition to the center, and do so at least once a week.
For more advice or assistance, contact the professionals at Noble Pest Solutions. We have the tools and experience to eliminate fleas from your Hendersonville home completely. Contact us today to learn more about our flea control options. We offer both residential pest control and commercial pest management services.