Fleas are a well-known nuisance we Indianans have to battle nearly all year-round. They are small and may seem more like a rather harmless source of irritation than a threat. However, fleas are actually a form of external parasite that can carry diseases that put you and your family at risk.
What are the health conditions associated with fleas and what can you do to protect you, your family, and your pets from harm? Indiana’s professional pest control service, Yes Pest, Inc. is here with some insights on how to keep you and yours safe from fleas.
The Dangers of Fleas
Fleas are best known for infecting cats and dogs. Often, pets bring fleas into the home, where they can easily spread to furniture, clothing, carpet, and yes, humans.
Since fleas reproduce rapidly and their eggs are invisible to the human eye, a couple of fleas brought in on your pup’s coat can quickly snowball into an infestation. What, though, are the health risks of fleas in your home?
“Fleas can carry and transmit several potential illnesses of importance to humans, including typhus and plague, and can transmit ‘cat scratch disease’,” says the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). “Additionally, fleas serve as an intermediate host for tapeworms, which can infect your pet and occasionally humans,” the Council warns.
Yes, these tiny, flightless, elusive insects are out for blood, and they are tough to get rid of. How, then, can you protect your pets and the people you love most?
Protect Your Pets from Fleas
As a pet owner, you’ve probably noticed there are countless methods and medications that can be used for protecting your dog or cat from fleas. From flea and tick collars to tablets and chews to kennel spray and coat shampoos – there is a wide variety of strategies that can be employed to help minimize your pet’s risk of getting fleas.
Each pet is unique, so it is wise to get your veterinarian’s recommendation on what flea prevention measures will be safest and most effective for your pet. A good, healthy diet rich in vitamins can help promote healthy skin in your pet as well.
Still, what if you already have fleas in your home? Treating your pets won’t be enough. How do you get rid of fleas?
Get Rid of Fleas – Protect Your Home & Family
Once fleas have made their way into your home, they can be especially difficult to eradicate. They are had to spot, and tough to squash.
Take these steps to get rid of fleas in your home:
- Wash or even replace your bedding.
- Vacuum your floors thoroughly.
- Eliminate fleas on your pets (according to your vet’s recommendations).
- Clean both outdoor and indoor areas where your pet rests (kennels, beds, mats, rugs, etc.)
Unfortunately, in many cases, fleas will stick around until special treatment methods have been taken to remove them from your home.
In this case, professional pest control is necessary to tackle your flea problem.
Pest Control Pros in Columbus, Indiana
Some jobs are best left to the pros, and getting fleas out of your home is one of those jobs. Our team of experts here at Yes Pest, Inc. has the know-how and experience it takes to help your home be flea-free.
Equipped with knowledge about the life cycle of a flea, we will locate and target potential breeding grounds of fleas within your home. Our exterminators will make a thorough inspection of the property to make an analysis of the scope of the flea problem and then create a customized plan to eliminate adult fleas as well as their eggs and larvae.
Beyond that, we will create a tailored flea-management plan for your family to help you prevent a future flea infestation in your home.
Get in touch today to schedule your professional pest control consultation. We will help you get your Columbus or Bloomington home back to normal!