Picture this: You’re sitting on the floor in the living room of your Union County home, playing a game with your kids. Your dog is lying on the carpet beside you but sits up suddenly to scratch around his collar. At the same moment, you look down and notice something move. At first, you think you imagined it, but there it goes again. It’s small and dark and it’s jumping around on the carpet. You watch a moment longer and see another one. You wish it wasn’t true, but it’s becoming apparent that your home has fleas.
Whether you have a pet or not, fleas can get into a house with relative ease. They often get onto your property in the summertime by riding on the backs of wildlife. Then they hop off onto your lawn and end up in your house either by hitching a ride on you or your pet.
Once the weather turns cool in the fall, they won’t be active outside anymore, but if they’ve already made their way indoors, you can be sure that they will be more than happy to spend the winter in your house, thriving on the blood meals you, your family, and your pets provide.
Fleas are more than just a nuisance. They cause problems, both big and small, for humans and pets alike.
- Fleas bite. Often one of the first signs of a flea infestation is waking up to find bug bites, usually around your ankles. You may also notice your pet scratching more than normal, which indicates that they’re biting your furry friend too. Flea bites are small, red, and itchy. If you scratch a bite raw, it could lead to a secondary infection.
- Fleas can cause allergic reactions. While rare in humans, some people do react to flea bites. Pets are even more susceptible to having allergic reactions triggered by flea bites.
- Fleas can cause dermatitis in pets. Animals can develop an allergic reaction to a flea’s saliva, causing Flea Allergy Dermatitis.
- Fleas carry diseases. They are known to carry Murine Typhus and Plague to name just 2, and they can carry tapeworm as well. These diseases can be passed on to both humans and pets
- Fleas can cause anemia in pets. If the flea problem is big enough, or if your pet is very young, very old, or ill, flea bites can cause anemia in your dog or cat.
As great as it would be to say that there’s a surefire way to keep fleas out of your Union County home, unfortunately, there’s not. Even if you take precautions, a flea could jump on you when you’re out and about in any location, and end up in your home.
However, you still can take some steps to prevent them from entering your property, which will certainly reduce the chances of them entering your home.
- Provide your pets with a regular flea treatment. Make sure they stay up to date on a veterinarian-approved treatment plan.
- Regularly vacuum carpets and wash pet bedding.
- Keep your property uninviting to wildlife. Don’t leave food sources outside, such as pet food or bird feeders. Keep the grass cut short. Remove debris from trees, bushes, and shrubs.
- Check yourself, family members, and pets when you enter your home to make sure you haven’t picked up any hitchhikers.
If you discover that you already have a flea problem, professional treatment is your best option. DIY options are tempting, but are often ineffective and can even be dangerous to the health of your family and pets. Even if they seem to work, you may end up discovering that the problem didn’t actually disappear; the fleas simply went into hiding for a while before cropping back up at a later date.
Professional treatment by ChemTec Pest Control not only eliminates the fleas that are currently bugging you, but also the fleas that are still in the egg and larval stages, which means your problem will be taken care of once and for all. We take our customer-satisfaction guarantee seriously and we will not rest until you are completely satisfied. If you live in Summit, New Providence, Westfield, Cranford, or anywhere else in Union County, and have a flea problem, give ChemTec Pest Control a call and know that help is on the way.