While there are some pests that people know are dangerous, such as rodents or termites, there are others that are so common they don’t even seem like an issue. Fleas are one of these pests that many people aren’t too concerned about because of how common they are.
You likely associate fleas with being a pest that mostly impacts pets, but, while they do often live on animals, they can also be a problem for humans. Despite the prevalence of fleas, they are more dangerous than many people realize.
Fleas are parasitic pests that bite all kinds of mammals. These bites create itchy, annoying bumps, but the bites pose more risks than just being uncomfortable. The real concern with fleas is that they carry many illnesses and can spread them to both humans and pets.
The first step to preventing fleas is to know what they look like so you can identify them. While they are a tiny pest, they can be seen if you know what to look for.
Fleas are a reddish-brown color.
They often appear as small red or brown dots on your pet’s fur.
They usually only reach up to 3 mm long.
Their back legs are quite a bit longer than their front legs.
Just How Dangerous Are Fleas?
Many different pests can carry and transmit diseases, but you might not group the flea in with these pests. While most people know that rodents and cockroaches are germ-ridden pests, fleas are also associated with some of the deadliest pandemics in human history. In fact, they were responsible for the spread of the worst pandemic ever: the Bubonic Plague.
They also carry typhus and Bartonella, commonly known as cat scratch fever. And, these are just some of the illnesses they are known to carry as they can transmit many other germs and also spread diseases to pets.
On the other end of the spectrum, fleas can also cause problems for people who have allergies or asthma.
Tips For Preventing Fleas
While fleas often get into Frisco properties because of pets, homes without pets can have flea infestations, too. Fleas can get inside on dogs and cats who spend a lot of time outdoors and then bring these pests in on their fur, and they can also hitch a ride on clothing or second-hand furniture.
Because of the risks associated with fleas, knowing how to prevent them is important. There are some steps you can take that will reduce the likelihood that fleas will get into your home, such as:
Work with your vet to find flea collars or medications to protect your pets.
Vacuum and declutter your home often.
Always check any second-hand clothing or furniture for fleas.
Keep wild animals off of your property by installing fences and storing pet food in secure containers.
How To Get Rid Of Flea Infestations
If you're dealing with fleas in your home or on your pets, the best and most effective way to deal with them is in collaboration with your vet and the pest control professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite. Our pest control technicians can work with you to both prevent and remove fleas on your Frisco property. We even provide free estimates for our services. Give us a call today to find out more.