The Problems Fleas Cause In Your Portsmouth Home
A common pest problem that Portsmouth homeowners face is flea infestations in and around their homes. Many people do not think much of fleas beyond them being minor annoyances. However, fleas can be quite dangerous pests to have around the home. What’s worse, they aren’t just dangerous to us humans, either. Flea infestations can also threaten the health and safety of our pets. Some people think since fleas are commonly associated with animals, they don’t need to worry about fleas if they don’t have a pet. However, even homes without pets can become infested with fleas. It is important for Portsmouth homeowners to know the steps that you can take to help keep fleas and flea-carrying wildlife off of your property, thus limiting your exposure to these little parasites.
Fleas are small parasites, measuring in at anywhere from 1/12 to 1/6 of an inch long. They have flat, reddish-brown bodies with antennae and six powerful legs which allow them to jump high and far. As parasites, fleas feed on the blood of many warm-blooded animals. While our pets make common targets for fleas, they can and will feed on the blood of humans, too.
Although they are small, fleas are not invisible. That means, if your Portsmouth home is infested with fleas, you very well might see them. Other common signs of a flea infestation include scratching, hair loss, and red bumps appearing on your pets; small, black specks from flea feces around your pets’ bed or on carpets and rugs; and the appearance of flea larvae around your home, often behind furniture or within cracks in floors.
As for the larvae, a single adult female flea can produce up to 2,000 offspring. That means if fleas infest your home, you could be dealing with thousands upon thousands of them before you know it. Therefore, being proactive about flea prevention is key.
Dangers That Come With Flea Infestations
Many people think fleas are only dangerous to animals. However, fleas can also be harmful to us humans. As they feed on the blood of various animals, fleas can transmit harmful bloodborne diseases. In fact, fleas are the number one spreader of the Bubonic plague. Other harmful diseases that fleas can spread to humans and our pets include murine typhus, tungiasis, tularemia, bartonellosis, flea tapeworm, and tungiasis. Additionally, fleas can trigger allergies in at-risk people.
Flea Prevention Techniques
When it comes to flea prevention, you should take steps to make the inside of your home less hospitable for fleas themselves, while also making your property less hospitable to the various wildlife that might be carrying them. This includes:
- Clean and vacuum your home frequently.
- Regularly wash bed linens.
- Keep your lawn well-manicured.
- Keep shrubs and other vegetation from overgrowing.
- Place protective fences around vegetable gardens.
- Pick up any fallen fruits or vegetables from your yard.
- Pick up any uneaten pet food from your yard.
- Keep outdoor dining areas free of food waste and trash.
The Best Form Of Flea Protection
While you should take all of the flea prevention measures that you can, the best form of flea protection for your Portsmouth property begins with a collaborated effort between your vet and the pest control professionals here at Ohio Pest Control. This two-pronged approach works by ensuring your pet will not pick up fleas while out in the world and then bring home with them while also treating your property so that it becomes inhospitable to these little parasites. That way you don’t have to worry about your pets or your property becomes infested with fleas. Give us a call today and get rid of those itchy fleas.