Warmer weather might mean t-shirts, shorts, and longer days, but it also means fighting off a whole new season of pests – including fleas. Whether you're a pet owner or not, your home is always at risk for flea infestation.
Here's what Frisco homeowners should know about identifying the signs of a flea problem, why having fleas in your home is a health risk, how to get rid of fleas, and how to prevent fleas with pest control in Frisco.
How To Tell If It's Fleas In Your Home
If you are a pet owner, you may be able to tell if you've got fleas earlier – it's often harder for fleas to stay incognito in pet-friendly homes. Some of the signs of a flea problem on your dogs, cats, or other pets may include:
Your pets won't stop scratching.
An itchy red rash or scabs develop on your pet's body.
Your pet begins to lose its hair.
You notice flea eggs or flea droppings on your pet or around their living area.
Your pet has white or pale gums.
You start to notice tapeworms in your pet's droppings (this occurs when your dog or cat swallows a flea and develops a tapeworm).
Beyond the signs you may see on your pet, other signs of a flea issue include:
You're constantly receiving flea bites on your feet and ankles, which tend to be common areas for fleas to bite people.
After walking around your home in a pair of white socks, you can see physical signs of fleas, flea eggs, or flea dirt on your socks.
Whether you have pets or not, signs of fleas is cause for immediate action.
Why Having Fleas In Your Home Is A Health Risk
Are fleas dangerous? Yes, fleas can be more dangerous than you may assume – for both people and pets. Some Texas pet owners may assume that fleas are inevitable, but you don't want to get too comfortable with the idea of these pests. While they may look harmless, fleas are capable of causing a lot of harm to your pet (or you).
Not only can the continuous scratching from a flea bite result in an infection if it's left untreated, but some pets may even have allergic reactions that cause them to lose their hair or get a rash. Along with the risk of an infection or allergic reaction, there are also flea-borne diseases to worry about.
Throughout history, fleas have been responsible for numerous plagues, including the infamous bubonic plague that resulted in the death of 200 million people. Some of the potential diseases fleas in Texas may carry include tungiasis, tularemia, and murine typhus.
Not only are our pets susceptible to some of these flea-borne diseases, but humans can be too. Fleas may enter your home on your pets, but fleas will also bite people on the legs, ankles, feet, or anywhere else they can reach.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Flea Infestation
When it comes to how to get rid of fleas in your house, there's only one effective solution: working with All-Safe Pest & Termite. Flea infestations aren't just dangerous; they can also be extremely difficult to eliminate. If you're seeing signs of fleas on your pet or in your home, don't wait to call – contact us today at All-Safe Pest & Termite to learn more about flea extermination and control in Frisco.
Simple Ways To Prevent Future Flea Problems
Once you've got them, fleas can be tricky to get rid of, but there are a few preventative measures that you can take to stop them from even making it past the door in the first place:
Fleas and flea eggs may hide in your carpet, furniture or clothing, so make sure you vacuum and wash items in your home regularly (especially items or bedding that your pet uses).
Treat your pets for fleas all year round, not just during the spring or summertime.
If you have a guest with a pet stay over at your home, always ask the owner if the pet has recently been treated for fleas.
Regularly inspect your property and deter other flea hosts, such as raccoons, feral cats, or rodents.
Make sure you're properly storing food and trash to prevent rodents or other wildlife from bringing fleas inside.
Even if you don't have pets, that doesn't mean you don't need to be worried about a possible flea infestation. Wildlife hosts, like squirrels, raccoons, opossums, or skunks can all lead fleas to your property. Mice or rats that may also be bunkering down inside your home can be another source of fleas.