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The Dangers Fleas & Ticks Bring To Your West Chester Property

Fleas In West In West Chester

It can be annoying and frustrating when you discover fleas on your dog or cat, particularly if you've never had them before. The first time you deal with a flea infestation, it can lead you down a long and tiresome road as you attempt some of the many suggestions available on the internet, including the use of over-the-counter sprays and flea products. But, it doesn't take long before you're tackling flea problems like a pro. Unfortunately, becoming efficient at getting rid of fleas can give you the false idea that fleas are mostly harmless. This is what we're going to discuss today.

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How Do You Think Of Fleas?

You know that fleas bite. They can bite your pets and make them miserable, and they can also bite you. When you catch fleas quickly and get rid of them, they probably won't have time to cause real misery and disease. But it is important to understand that they could.

When You Have Fleas For A While

If a pest is allowed to continually bite your pets, or you, it can lead to a condition called anemia. This can be mild or serious, depending on whether or not you are aware of the symptoms. When you catch a flea infestation early, you'll never have an issue with this potentially dangerous flea-related health threat.

When You Have Fleas For A Short While

There are a few dangers fleas can present to you, even if they are only in your home for a short while. If a flea is exposed to an infected animal before coming into your home, it could be carrying any number of diseases. The most common are:

  • Tularemia

  • Typhus

  • Cat scratch disease

  • Bubonic plague

It is important to consider animal traffic in your yard and rodent activity in your home when a flea infestation begins. These are disease reservoirs for fleas. Fleas can also spread tapeworms to your dog, cat, or you. This occurs when fleas are accidentally ingested. Dogs and cats can do this during grooming. You or a family member can accidentally ingest a flea that hops in your food. Most of the time, tapeworms will not cause symptoms in humans. They will die and be passed out of the system. But, while rare, serious and life-threatening symptoms may develop. If you have stomach issues in association with a flea infestation, seek medical attention.

When You Don't Have A Flea Infestation

Do you know that fleas can impact the health of your pets, particularly your dog, without a flea infestation taking root in your home? It's true. A flea can jump on your dog, bite, and fall back off. If your dog has a hypersensitivity to the antigen in the flea's saliva, it can lead to flea allergy dermatitis. If your dog or cat is scratching excessively, and their hair is falling out, it is likely due to this condition.

How To Address The Threat Of Fleas

It is common for pet owners to purchase flea collars and deal with flea infestations when they arise. Unfortunately, this doesn't guard against the potential for serious illness and unexpected medical problems due to contact with fleas. Rather than being reactive, it is best to be proactive. We recommend ongoing perimeter pest control

What Is Perimeter Pest Control?

Around the foundation of your home is a sensitive zone where pests can breach your walls and get inside. In this area, pests such as fleas and ticks can reproduce and lie in wait for your dog or cat to come through. Routine treatments to your perimeter can repel and knock down pests before they get into your home and work to prevent fleas and ticks from developing. This gives your pets, and you, better protection from the health threats fleas and ticks present.

Health problems related to exterior flea activity can pop up at any time, unexpectedly. Take charge and get proactive by investing in year-round pest control. It is one of the best investments you can make for your property and for your health. Fleas and ticks aren't the only pests in West Chester that can present a danger to you and your family. Get protected and stay protected.

If you have questions about flea, tick, or perimeter pest control, we'd be happy to answer them. And, of course, we're always available to assist you with finding the right pest control plan for your West Chester property. Connect with us any time. The team here at Moyer Pest Control looks forward to helping you stay protected from all of the many dangers pests can present.

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