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Is It Dangerous To Have Fleas In My New Castle Home?

November 24, 2021

 

Fleas (Siphonaptera) are tiny, unwanted parasites that exist in thousands of species and are among the most common pests. Fleas are often only 1/8 of an inch long, making them difficult to see with the naked eye. They have a red or brown appearance, six legs, and antennae

close up of flea in pet hair

Fleas are incapable of flying but have powerful legs that allow them to jump onto warm-blooded hosts. A misconception exists that fleas will only exist in homes with pets; however, they will bite humans also. The most common types in the New Castle region are cat fleas and dog fleas.

Aside from domestic pests, fleas will also feed on wild animals such as deer and various types of rodents. Aside from noticing that your pet is scratching from the presence of fleas, you might notice small black feces within carpets and pet bedding. Flea intrusions can quickly get out of control because these creatures can lay multiple eggs at a time and may lay hundreds or thousands over a lifetime.

The Dangers That Fleas Pose

Fleas are known to spread bubonic plague, tularemia, and murine typhus as they travel among hosts. Dogs or cats that become heavily infested may experience dermatitis, tapeworm, or anemia.

Flea bites often create red and itchy patches of skin, which often occur near the ankles or legs of humans. Some people and animals have allergic reactions to their saliva. Humans often encounter fleas when traveling through areas of weeds or high grass.

Best Practices To Prevent Fleas

Some of the recommended ways to prevent these pests include:

  • After participating in outdoor activity, inspect your clothes and your pet for evidence of any fleas before reentering the home. Fleas will sometimes enter homes on shoes, socks, or pant legs.
  • Pets should remain on a regular treatment plan for preventing fleas and ticks under the care of a veterinarian, and regularly brushing and bathing pets is encouraged
  • Vacuum carpeting, upholstered furniture, and similar items and promptly dispose of the vacuum bag or canister contents in a sealed trash container
  • Wash bedding materials frequently with soap and water to eliminate fleas and their eggs
  • Remove bird feeders, fallen fruit, and other food sources that are likely to attract wild animals to your yard

Why Should I Contact A Professional Pest Control Company?

Once fleas enter your home, they will begin to breed rapidly and expand their presence throughout the premises. Resist the temptation to visit a local home improvement store and purchase sprays, foggers, baiting stations, or similar do-it-yourself treatment options that are likely to have only short-term results and are insufficient for eradicating these pests.

The team of specialists with Moyer Pest Control now offers a variety of comprehensive home protection plans that will prevent pests all year long. The Exterior Home Guard program is our most affordable option that includes quarterly treatment visits from one of our trained technicians that targets ants, beetles, spiders, stinging insects, and many others.

The Complete Home Guard program includes all of the aforementioned exterior plan’s services and goes further by incorporating specialized treatment options that are based on the Integrated Pest Management approach that involves enhanced monitoring and new eco-friendly prevention methods. Our premium service is the Platinum Home Guard plan that features six treatment visits each year and includes a termite monitoring strategy and a customized mosquito and tick program.

All of our ongoing treatment plans are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Leading Pest Control Experts In New Castle

The team of professionals with Moyer Pest Control will safely and efficiently eliminate troublesome and potentially dangerous pests. Contact our office today to schedule a detailed inspection.

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