Are Your Souderton Pets Safe From Fleas?
December 14, 2018
If you’re a pet owner you know that animals can sometimes be a lot of work, but you also know that they’re worth it. Our pets bring much joy to our lives and, in turn, we want them to be as happy as possible.
Here are a few signs that your pet may be dealing with fleas:
Itching is what everyone associates with fleas, and for good reason. When fleas bite they leave behind itchy, red spots. If your pet has fleas, you’ll notice him scratching much more than usual.
Some pets are allergic to flea saliva. When they receive a flea bite, they will not only react as typical to the bite, but may also experience an allergic reaction, making their skin even more sensitive.
When pets are bothered by flea bites, they will scratch and bite at their ears, the back of their neck, their legs, and elsewhere. This contact could cause a secondary infection, resulting in red or pink inflamed skin, and potentially oozing around the affected area.
Pets who receive excessive numbers of bites can end up with anemia. While fairly rare, this condition is most likely to occur in young pets, those who are extremely old, or any pet that is already sickly. Anemia can be dangerous to pets if left untreated.
Fleas carry parasites that can be transmitted to your pets. If your pet ingests an infected flea, it may end up with tapeworms.
The best way to avoid these problems is to keep fleas out of your home. Although fleas aren’t active outdoors during Souderton winters, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the clear.
How do Fleas Get into My Home?
Fleas often come indoors on your pets, but they can gain access to your home in other ways. They will sometimes hop in on their own during the times of year when they’re most active. They may find their way indoors on wildlife that has infiltrated your home. If you end up with rodents in your home, there’s a good chance they’ll carry fleas inside. Once they have gained entry to your home, these fleas will reproduce. Eventually, they will find their way to where you, your family, and your pets live.
It's important to keep your pets up-to-date on their flea treatments. However, in order to keep your home free from fleas and the problems they cause, you can’t stop there. You must also protect your home against other pests that could bring fleas with them should they gain access to your home.
There are several ways to do this:
- Keep your property well-maintained by mowing your lawn regularly, removing debris from your yard, and keeping shrubbery away from your foundation.
- Seal outdoor trash bins tightly and don’t leave pet food or bird feeders outside. Food sources attract wildlife.
- Check around the perimeter of your home for cracks, holes, and gaps that wildlife could use as entry points to the inside. Wildlife can fit through surprisingly small holes, so seal, cover, or repair any you find.
- Vacuum often.
- Wash bedding, including pet bedding, regularly.
How do I Rid My Home of Fleas?
If you find that fleas have found their way into your home, you can try to treat them yourself. However, this often leads to another outbreak later on. Flea eggs and larvae can easily be missed, as they are typically deep within carpet fibers or hidden away.
To ensure that your flea problem is completely eradicated, call Moyer Pest Control. We can take care of the infestation and ensure there is no recurrence. Moyer offers protection from other pests that may bring fleas in with them. Give us a call to learn more about our residential pest control options.