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What You Must Know About Fleas
Whether you’re a pet owner or have wildlife in your backyard, you need to be ready for a potential flea problem. Fleas are problematic for numerous reasons. They’re a nuisance pest, they’re dangerous to pets, and they can create health problems for humans. Pets can transmit serious diseases such as typhus and plague. With this in mind, you need to get rid of your fleas as quickly as possible. In Indianapolis, fleas are one of the most common pests we deal with.
What Type Of Fleas Are Found In Indiana?
As a resident of Indianapolis, you’ll primarily have to worry about cat fleas. Adult cat fleas reach 1/8th of an inch in length. They’re flat laterally, so they’ll look as thin as a credit card when looking at them from above. Their body shape makes it easy for them to travel through grass and hair. Despite being called a cat flea, dogs will have to worry about these fleas as well. In addition to this, cat fleas can become a problem for raccoons, foxes, skunks, and opossums. Although you don’t have pets, cat fleas may still enter your home. They can cling to your clothes and shoes.
Worried About Flea Bites?
It is a good idea to be worried about flea bites. Unfortunately, flea bites can lead to major problems for pets. Since your dog is going to be scratching consistently, a flea bite could lead to hair loss. It may also result in a case of flea allergy dermatitis. You need to take care of the flea infestation rapidly. If you don’t, it may lead to a large infestation, severe blood loss, anemia, and death. Fleas are hosts for tapeworms, so that is a secondary problem as well.
Preventing A Flea Infestation At Home
Flea infestations can ruin your life and kill your pets. You’ll want to work hard to keep fleas out of your home. Dealing with an infestation will prove to be tough. With that being said, it is best to prevent fleas from entering your home in the first place. If you allow fleas to establish an infestation in your home, you’ll have serious problems to deal with. Use the following tips to prevent fleas from turning your life upside down.
- Be careful when adopting a pet. If you don’t know how to deal with a flea infestation, don’t invite a dog or cat into your home.
- As a pet owner, you need to give your pet anti-parasite medication. Make sure that the medication is designed for flea prevention and control.
- Keep your lawn properly mowed to reduce humidity. Your grass shouldn’t be higher than 3 inches.
- Never feed wildlife that walks onto your property.
- Use wiring or fencing to keep wildlife out of your backyard.
- Keep an eye on your pets to make sure that they don’t have fleas.
- Check your pet’s clothes, bedding, and toys for fleas.
- Wash your pets and their belongings regularly.
- Use a vacuum to clean up the carpet, furniture, and other items where fleas have been.
You can’t stop all fleas from entering your property, but you can reduce the likelihood. We understand that you’re concerned about protecting your pets. We encourage our clients to be cautious when taking their pets for walks during the warm summer months. Fleas are most active during this time. If you live in Indianapolis and have a flea problem, you need to contact us.
Contact our local office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our skilled exterminator will reach your home in 24 to 48 hours.