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Is It Dangerous to Have Fleas in My Fort Worth Home?

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Fleas may be a common occurrence in your Fort Worth home, but this doesn’t make them any less dangerous or troublesome. It is crucial to understand flea warning signs around your home.

Flea Warning Signs and Dangers

Due to their small size, fleas are tough to detect at first, despite how common flea problems are in Fort Worth homes. There are several initial warning signs that you may want to look for:

  • Your pets begin scratching and itching at themselves at a much greater frequency. You may also see red bumps around their belly, tail, or under their legs due to repeated flea bites. In humans, there may be an itchy flea or red bumps that appear on arms and legs.
  • You can see fleas on your pet or discover flea “dirt,” which is the small, dark-colored droppings of fleas. You can also find flea dirt or dead flea bodies around your home and on your carpet. These may be hard to detect due to their size, so be thorough with your investigation.
  • Health issues or hair loss problems start to arise in your pets. This may happen due to a serious flea infestation or in situations where your pet has an allergic reaction to the flea bites. Humans may also develop an allergic reaction to flea bites, so be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you develop hives or breathing difficulties after being bitten.

Because fleas are a common pest problem, many individuals assume that they are not a big deal. However, fleas can bring several dangers to both pets and people. Fleas can transmit diseases to both pets and people, including flea-born typhus, bubonic plague, or tapeworms. They may also transfer heartworms to pets. In addition, repeated bites by fleas may cause allergic reactions in humans, ranging from itchiness and swelling to anaphylaxis.

It is also important to note that even homes without pets can get fleas thanks to other pests such as rodents that bring the fleas inside.

Flea Prevention Tips

The following flea prevention tips can help keep this pest out of your home and may aid you in putting a stop to an infestation before it gets out of control:

  • Make sure that your pets are always up to date with the necessary flea prevention treatments. This should be a year-round obligation, as even in the winter, fleas may be able to enter your home.
  • Work to prevent wildlife and rodents that commonly carry fleas from entering your property and in your home. Seal gaps around windows, doors, and foundations, and consult the All-Safe Pest & Termite professionals for more advice.
  • Remove all yard debris and keep your grass trimmed low. This prevents pests such as rodents from hiding in your yard and introducing fleas to your property and home.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home. This can help you remove any trace of fleas or flea eggs, stop an infestation before it becomes out of control, and keep your home free of any clutter that may attract pests.

Professional Flea Protection

Though flea prevention tips can work, the best form of flea protection is a collaborative effort between your vet and pest control professionals. Contact the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite for more advice or assistance in permanently removing fleas from your home. We offer high-quality pest control solutions backed by our 100% all-service guarantee. Call us today to get started.

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