The Serious Threat Posed by Fleas

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The Serious Threat Posed by Fleas

The Serious Threat Posed by Fleas

If you are feeling a little bit drained, it might be because of the small problem on your pet: fleas! Fleas can wreak havoc in your house and they’re not just annoying – they can cause major health problems and even lead to death. Learn all about these tiny bugs today in this blog post from a pet expert!

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Fleas are small, wingless insects that can cause serious problems for pets and people. They are most commonly found on dogs and cats but can also be found on other animals such as farm animals. Fleas are very difficult to treat and can spread diseases to people and pets.

Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments. They feed on the blood of their hosts, which can lead to anaemia in pets and people. Fleas can also transmit diseases such as tapeworms, heartworms, and Lyme disease.

There are many ways you can prevent fleas from invading your home or pet’s territory. You can use a product called pyrethrum powder to treat areas where there is a high likelihood of fleas (such as around doors and windows). You can also use boiled water to clean your pet’s fur and rid it of fleas. You can also vacuum your floors regularly and use a DE dust mop to remove dirt and debris that may contain fleas.

Serious Threat Posed by Fleas

How to Get Rid of Fleas

If you are like most people, you probably think of fleas as pesky little bugs that live on animals and cause them discomfort. But in reality, fleas are a serious threat to your health. Fleas can cause serious allergic reactions in humans, as well as transmit diseases such as typhus and plague. Here is how to get rid of fleas:

  1. Start by identifying the source of the fleas. Fleas thrive in areas where there is moisture and warmth, so it is important to identify where they are coming from. Check your pet’s fur for fleas, check the floors where your pet sleeps or hangs out, and look for faecal spots on furniture or carpets. If you can’t identify the source, call a professional to help you identify and treat the problem.
  2. Use an insecticide to controls pests where they live: on animals or on surfaces where they can lay their eggs. Follow the instructions on the package carefully to avoid poisoning your pets or yourself. Be sure to ventilate the area before using any insecticide; fumes can be deadly if inhaled.
  3. Combine insecticide treatment with topical treatments like flea shampoo or pyrethrum powder applied directly to the animal.
  4. Use a vacuum to remove hair and debris from carpets and furniture before spraying insecticide on them; it spreads less easily that way.
  5. If your pet is in an area where you’re treating for bed bugs, vacuuming the floor will help control any pests that might be hiding there! Be sure not to over-vacuum because it can spread pests throughout the house.

What Signals Fleas Use to Recognize When a Potential Host is Present?

Fleas use a variety of signals to recognize when a potential host is present. These signals can include the smell of blood, carbon dioxide levels in the air, and the presence of warm body tissue.

What Do They Eat?

There are over 200 different species of fleas, and each one has its own unique feeding habits. Fleas that feed on humans tend to be the most common type, but there are also fleas that feed on other animals, such as cats and dogs.

One of the ways fleas are able to survive is by feeding on blood. They use their sharp teeth to puncture the skin and suck out the blood. Fleas can also feed on dried blood, faeces, and other organic matter.

Serious Threat Posed by FleasWhat are some symptoms that indicate fleas have infested your home?

If you’re noticing any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that fleas are present and should be treated:

  • Your pet is scratching an excessive amount
  • Your pet is showing increased interest in nesting material, such as straws or carpets
  • You’re finding blood spots on the floor or furniture
  • You’ve spotted flea droppings near your pet
  • Fleas are active at night

Exterminators Tips on how to get rid of fleas quickly and effectively

If you are like most homeowners, you probably think of fleas as something that cats bring into your home. However, fleas can also be a serious problem in homes with dogs and other pets. In fact, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), house pets account for more than half of all human cases of flea infestation.

Fleas can transmit diseases, including heartworm, which can be life-threatening for dogs and cats. And they can also cause major problems for your home and furniture, as well as your clothing.

Here are some tips on how to get rid of fleas quickly and effectively yourself:

  1. Start by cleaning and sanitizing your home thoroughly. Fleas thrive in areas where there is clutter or dirty surfaces. Remove all debris, including pet bedding and any piles of newspapers or magazines. Wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant spray or solution. Be sure to clean all cracks and crevices in furniture and walls.
  2. Treat your pet with a topical flea treatment if necessary. If you have a cat, make sure to give her a monthly topical treatment against fleas to keep her flea-free. You can also try an oral pill but be sure to give her the medication every day for at least two weeks in a row before you restart the treatment.
  3. Get rid of all pet bedding and carpets or rugs from your home. This will help eliminate fleas that may have jumped on your pet or even crawled into the house through cracks or crevices.
  4. Vacuum all areas of your house, including carpets and couches. Shake out any excess hair and throw it away (remember to do this within 24 hours).
  5. Wipe down all furniture, especially those that are upholstered or have a patterned fabric surface like wood or metal, as these may also act as flea traps.
  6. Spray the insides of all your closets and storage areas with an insecticide that is labelled safe for human use (check labels).
  7. Wash pet beds, blankets, and towels in cold water to kill fleas.
  8. Vacuum upholstered furniture, rugs, and carpets frequently to remove any fleas on them before they jump onto other furniture or people’s clothing.
  9. Let the house air out for a few days; this will prevent any new fleas from getting into the home through cracks or crevices.
  10. You can also use a vacuum-bag system to help trap insects that have laid their eggs in your home.

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Further Reading

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