How Do Fleas Get Into Our Homes?
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How Do Fleas Get Into Our Homes?

Your home can become infested with fleas thanks to your pets who wander around outside and encounter these parasites. Fleas in the grass or on other animals can leap right onto your pets to find themselves a good meal. These little hitchhikers multiply quickly and can infest your entire Katy home, causing bites and infections on your pets and human family members alike. While pets carrying fleas into your home is the most common way for them to enter, don’t think you are safe from fleas just because you don’t have pets, as they can get into your home a variety of other ways. You will want to prevent these parasites from settling in on your property, and thankfully we’ve got some great tips and treatment plans outlined below.

Fleas on Pets

Fleas feast on dogs and cats and can easily come into your home on those pets. It’s a good idea to brush and inspect your pet for signs of fleas each time they come in from being outdoors. Look for small reddish-brown jumping insects that are hard to kill. Fleas have hard bodies that don’t squish like an ant. 

Fleas on Rodents

If you don’t have pets, you might be wondering how fleas are getting into your home. Rodents can be the culprit. Fleas look for a blood meal where they can get it and sometimes the best source are mice, rats, and squirrels. If these critters get into your house, they can carry fleas with them.

Fleas On People 

Yes, we know it’s not a pleasant thought, but people can have fleas too! Because of the flea’s ability to jump they may leave their host animal and jump onto a human or be in the grass from where an animal just passed through and attach themselves to you. Checking your body for fleas when you have been outdoors or after playing with pets is a good idea.

Preventing Fleas

One of the easiest ways to prevent fleas is to seek proper vet care for your pets. Make sure they have vet-approved flea treatments and collars to help protect them and you. Keep rodents out of your house by making sure that your home is not a friendly environment for them. Remove outdoor bird feeders and access to other food and seal up any cracks or holes in your foundation, doors, and windows so they can’t get in. 

What Greater Houston Property Owners Ought To Know About Flea Infestations 

Greater Houston property owners can end up with flea infestations much easier than they might think. Fleas are parasites that move around town by hitchhiking, thanks to their hosts. Some of their hosts include wildlife, rodents, family pets, and even people themselves. This means that infestations can develop very quickly and unbeknownst to property owners. 

Once fleas have moved into a property, they are very unlikely to leave so long as they have access to a food source. This means that homes with pets can experience more persistent flea infestations because of the fleas' direct contact with a food source. Fleas can lay between five and ten eggs after each meal, and they lay these sacs in places that are hard to detect, like upholstery. This makes the need for professional flea removal in Houston all the more important. Flea infestations can also be the source of murine typhus and other serious illnesses. For more information on flea control, call Modern Pest Control today. 

Treatment For Fleas

If you find that your home is infested with fleas you’ll want to call in the professionals like those at Modern Pest Control to treat your Katy, TX home. These pest control experts will inspect your property, identify the problem, and come up with a pest control treatment plan that is best for your situation. Killing the fleas might be one step, but preventing them from coming back (or in the first place) is another. With year-round pest control services, pests are sure to be a thing of the past.

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