A Handy Flea Control Guide For Charlotte Homeowners

October 28, 2020

If you have dogs or cats, you might be worried about fleas and want to know how to protect your pets. However, if you’re not a pet owner, you likely don’t even think about fleas at all. However, while homes with pets are more likely to become infested with fleas, it’s still possible to get them if you don’t have pets. 

a flea on human skin

If you think of fleas as only being an issue for animals, you’re mistaken. This is a common misconception. Fleas are fairly common pests, and while they live on animals, they can also be a concern for humans. These parasitic pests can bite all kinds of mammals, including humans, and leave behind small, itchy bumps.

The real risk with fleas is that they can spread diseases through these bites. This makes them a danger to all pets and all humans in a household. While you likely know that fleas are tiny, you might not know what they look like. Knowing details about their appearance is helpful.

  • Fleas are reddish-brown.

  • They can look like small red or brown dots on an animal’s fur.

  • They are only about 3 mm long.

  • They aren’t able to fly.

  • They have shorter front legs than back legs.

Are Fleas Really Dangerous?

Some pests, such as cockroaches, are associated with carrying diseases, but you might not know that fleas are able to transmit illnesses, too. In fact, fleas were responsible for spreading the most deadly pandemic in human history: the Bubonic Plague. Fleas are known to have caused at least one other major plague outbreak, so they aren’t to be taken lightly. 

While having fleas that carry plague around the Charlotte area likely won’t happen, fleas can also carry other diseases such as typhus and Bartonella (cat scratch fever). They can also spread illnesses to pets and they are a problem for people who have allergies or asthma.

How Can You Prevent Fleas?

Fleas are able to bite humans, but they don’t hitch rides on them like they do with animals. The most common way fleas get into homes is on dogs and cats. However, fleas can also enter a property on animals that enter your yard, and they can also attach themselves to things like secondhand clothing and furniture. In order to help keep yourself and others around you safe, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of a flea infestation:

  1. If you have pets, it’s important to work with your vet to find flea collars and medications to keep them flea-free.
  2. Regularly vacuuming and decluttering can help clean up any fleas.
  3. Make sure to check second-hand clothing or furniture items for fleas.
  4. Deter wild animals from your property by installing fences, storing pet food inside, and keeping bird feeders out of their reach.

What Is The Best Way To Prevent Fleas In Your Home?

Whether or not you have pets in your home, fleas can still become a problem. The best way to deal with flea problems is to work with the experts at Aruza Pest Control. If you have pets, implement our assistance along with help from your veterinarian. With over 20 years of combined experience, our technicians can provide advice on how to prevent fleas and we also offer flea removal services. To get started, and ensure you keep your family and pets safe, give us a call today. 

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