You might not notice your property even has fleas until you wake up one morning to find you’re covered in itchy, swollen bites. Having a flea-infested home can feel like you’re living in a nightmare. They’re hard to see, hard to control, and can even spread harmful diseases.
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How Did My Flea Infestation Start?
Fleas are small, wingless insects that are able to jump long distances. They’re reddish brown and leave itchy bites that can easily become swollen and inflamed. Most flea infestations start with household pets like cats and dogs. When pets are outside, fleas attach to them and then quickly spread throughout your home once your animals come back inside. Infestations have also been shown to start with rodents, raccoons, or feral cats that are invading your home or hiding away in your crawl space.
Pest Authority of Northern Illinois believes that a comprehensive, long-term approach is necessary for truly controlling a flea infestation. We start by getting rid of your current infestation, then we track and kill any larvae and pupae that may be hiding on your property. We can even give you tips on how to treat your animals to prevent any future infestations from occurring.
Tips on Preventing Flea Infestations:
- Make sure to regularly wash your bedding and your pets’ bedding.
- Regularly wash and groom your pets. You can do this at home or take them to a professional groomer.
- Ask your vet about preventative flea treatments for your pets.
- Vacuum your home regularly, especially carpets and rugs.
You Might Have Fleas If:
- You notice your pets scratching or grooming themselves more than usual.
- Itchy, swollen, red marks are appearing on your body, particularly on your feet, ankles, and legs.
- You see something that looks like coarse, ground black pepper scattered around your home. This is known as “flea dirt,” which is actually adult flea feces that flea larvae often feed on in order to mature.
- You find small reddish-brown insects that jump when approached or touched.
Facts about Fleas:
- Fleas need to feed on animal or human blood in order to survive.
- Fleas are most attracted to cats, dogs, rabbits, and rodents.
- Flea bites and feces can transmit harmful diseases like flea-borne typhus, plague, bartonellosis (cat scratch disease), flea tapeworm, and tungiasis.
- Even if they don’t transmit diseases, flea bites still pose a secondary risk of bacterial infection if the flea-bitten skin is not kept clean and disinfected.