Pets are like our children. We buy them toys, take them to the park, give them treats, ad we just spoil them in general. So why would we want them itching and scratching because of fleas?
Just like our home is a breeding ground for insects, an animal’s body is a breeding ground for fleas. Fleas that can also infest your home… Rapidly!
So, how did your baby get fleas? Fleas are transmitted from another infested animal that has encountered your property, your neighbor’s property, your clothing, from the park, or even used furniture.
Fleas seek out a host to jump on which can be you or your animal. Fleas do bite humans but cannot live on them. They will embed themselves in your animal’s hair and feast on their blood to survive all while laying eggs within the first 24 hours. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day and if conditions are just right, the eggs will hatch in a day or two.
Not all fleas will remain on your pet. Some will jump or fall off onto the floor, their bedding, onto furniture, and outdoors in the yard. Once a flea has had a full “blood meal” it will start laying eggs wherever they are. That could be in the yard, in the house, or on your pet.
Summer and fall are the hardest hit seasons for fleas but that doesn’t mean they aren’t active in the winter or spring. Summertime can get too hot in some areas making fleas less active during the day. But as evening time comes around and temperatures cool off, they are on the move. Fall temperatures are ideal for active fleas. Its’s not too hot and not too cold. Places with mild winter temperatures can see flea activity throughout the winter. Springtime, the fleas that survived the winter start emerging to continue the cycle.
Ways to keep your pets safe from fleas:
- Bathe pets regularly. Using a medicated shampoo for fleas and ticks is recommended.
- Contact your vet for flea and tick treatments. Vets usually prescribe a once-a-month pill that will help keep fleas off your pets. Consult your veterinarian for a treatment that fits your pet’s needs.
- Vacuum rugs, carpet, furniture, bedding (including pets) regularly. Make sure to empty bag or canister into a sealed bag and throw away in an outdoor sealed receptacle. This keeps fleas from escaping back into the house from the vacuum.
- Wash pet bedding in hot water regularly. This helps kill fleas and their eggs.
- Inspect your pet regularly. Watch for scratching and gnawing signs as this could be fleas or another allergy they are experiencing.
- Hire a professional to treat the inside and outside of your home.
Flea treatments from the vet will help keep fleas off your pet but to keep your home safe from fleas, a professional flea treatment for your home and yard are important. Fleas can be difficult to get rid of because they multiply daily.
Contact Safe Earth Pest Control today. Let us keep your home, family, and pets safe from any bug infestation. 214-321-2847