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It is possible that Fido is scratching quite a bit more than he used to do. Maybe Fluffy is constantly scratching herself, instead of the cat post. If the pets or humans in your house are noticing some unexplained itching, it is likely a sign that you have fleas in your Plano home. Small, red bumps generally result after a flea bite. Fleas, being a parasite, live off of their hosts, which can be human or animal. Fleas need the blood, removed via its bite, to survive.

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Are Fleas Dangerous To Have In My Plano Home?


It is not just the itch that can be burdensome. These pests come along with a long list of other complications for you, your family, and your four-legged friends. Perhaps you have heard of the bubonic plague? This pandemic was caused by and spread aggressively by the common flea. Because hygiene was of low quality, rodents like rats and mice were prevalent at the time. Since these pests carried fleas, and these fleas feasted on humans and animals alike, it was a quick spreader of disease. But, it isn’t just historical illness that the flea is well-known for in today’s world. Diseases such as murine typhus, tungiasis, tularemia, bartonellosis, and tapeworm have also been known to be carried by fleas.


Signs of Flea Infestations In Your Home

 

In addition to the signs of skin irritation, bite marks on humans or pets, other signs that there are fleas in your home may include:

 

  • Hair loss in pets in your home
  • Visual confirmation of fleas jumping from soft surfaces
  • Testing your home by walking in tall, white socks to see if any fleas attach
  • Pale gums in your pets, a sign of anemia due to loss of blood
  • Presence of brown, dust-like particles (flea feces)
  • Spotting flea eggs with the aid of a magnifying glass among carpet fibers
  • Pets that are constantly itching or restless
  • Any of these signals individually can mean that your home is already infested with fleas. 

 

Where Do Fleas Come From?


Even homes without pets can be susceptible to a flea infestation. Fleas are carried in on the backs of pets quite often, but they also will attach to any other soft surfaces. If you have recently been in another infested home, it is possible that fleas attached to you, your clothing, or your socks or shoelaces, and “hitched a ride” into your home. Likewise, the purchase of used furniture or the use of soft-sided luggage when traveling can mean you’ve carried along unwanted guests. Keep your Plano home free from fleas with preventive care and professional assistance with All-Safe Pest & Termite.


How To Prevent Fleas From Infesting Your Plano Home

 

Thankfully, there are ways to prevent fleas from starting in your Plano home. Some common methods include:

 

  • Address any rodent or wildlife problems in or around your home.
  • Clear your home and property of yard debris and waste.
  • Treat any pets with flea prevention collars or medications.
  • Contact professionals for full inspections and prevention tips.

 

At the end of the day, the safest way to be sure your Plano home is free from fleas is with routine care through All-Safe Pest & Termite. Our knowledgeable staff is just a phone call away and can assist you in determining the best course of action. We will inspect your home thoroughly with a free estimate. From there, we can create a comprehensive pest control plan to rid your home of all pests as well as provide follow-up care.

 

Don’t put up with the itch. You can be allowing much more than an annoyance into the house. Keep disease and illness away from you, your family, and your four-legged family members with the help of All-Safe Pest & Termite.

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