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Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes a fun activity. For some Fort Worth citizens, it’s playing a video game. Others would head outside for a field day. Those who want to stand in the sun have to think twice, though. Pests may interrupt things. Insects and creatures, such as fleas, can be dangerous to contend with and may attack you or somehow make you sick.

a single flea crawling on skin

The worry with fleas, in particular, is that they’re capable of spreading diseases. The chances of this are high because these bugs travel from animals to humans, sucking their blood. Further, they reproduce at a rapid rate. Learn now how to protect yourself from fleas.

How Do Fleas Look & Behave? What Are The Risks?

One reason homeowners will have a difficult time monitoring fleas is that they’re hard to see. They have wingless, compressed bodies that are around a sixteenth of an inch long, and their silky-looking skin is reddish-brown. These critters can hurl across extensive distances using their powerful legs, and this is how they manage to reach the fur of animals and the clothes of human beings. They’ll hold on tight and hop off once they’re inside your residence. At that point, the fleas will inhabit fabrics, carpeting, and pet areas. If no domestic animals are around, they’ll crawl on humans or other available pests like squirrels and rodents, to name a few.
 
Major infestation signs include:

  • Pets constantly scratching themselves.
  • Finding itchy, red bites on your body.
  • Noticing peppery fecal debris on pet beds and carpets.
  • Discovering eggs around animal spaces, furniture, rugs, and floor cracks.

Bacterial diseases such as typhus and parasites such as tapeworms are some of the conditions that fleas transmit or generate. Their bites can also trigger skin irritation and allergic reactions. It won’t be easy, but try not to scratch your bumps. Any cuts you accidentally create could get exposed to germs and result in a secondary bacterial infection. If you’re dealing with a severe infestation, anemia is a possibility.

People usually pick up fleas while they’re in a woody or heavily vegetated location with high grass. Pockets with sand, shade, and moisture can be full of these bugs. Moreover, stay alert when you’re by a pond or ditch. On your own property, keep your eyes peeled when on your porch. Fleas will congregate there, as well as underneath rocks, shrubs, and organic debris. It won’t be taxing for them to multiply indoors, so you must be vigilant.

How Can You Prevent Fleas?

Considering how simple it is for a flea to find you, it’s apparent that even homes without domestic animals can have issues. Here’s what you can do toward flea prevention in your home:

  • Cut your grass and trim greenery often.
  • Lay gravel around your property’s perimeter, rather than soil.
  • Talk with your pet’s veterinarian about flea deterrence and treatment.
  • Examine and groom your animal’s hair on a routine basis.  
  • Clean and vacuum carpets and rugs regularly.
  • Inspect second-hand rugs and furniture before bringing them indoors.
  • Call All-Safe Pest & Termite.

What Can All-Safe Pest & Termite Do About Fleas?

Fleas may be common, but you shouldn’t underestimate them. The expert technicians at All-Safe Pest & Termite will apply safe, potent treatments to eliminate fleas in your Forth Worth property. You’ll be able to relax in no time. Our wallet-friendly services come with warranties and guarantees, and we are known for our fast response times. When you call, we will offer you a free estimate! Maintain your health and your pet’s too! Give us a buzz today!

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