Having our furry friends come into the home and bring positivity into our lives is wonderful, but they also come with a lot of care. We want our pets to live happy and comfortable lives, and in order to do that, we need to make sure we are keeping them safe from harmful pests like fleas. While not one to live or attach themselves to humans, fleas can be brought into the home, multiply and attack your feet and ankles. We were putting ourselves in an uncomfortable living situation.
Where Do They Come From?
Fleas are the most common pest to attach themselves to your pet’s skin, and it isn’t a difficult thing for them to do. Fleas can either be contracted from other flea-infested animals like other dogs or cats or even urban wildlife like raccoons or possums. If fleas enter your area, they will begin to lay their eggs and create a flea-infested environment for your pet to contract them from.
With such an easy contraction, it is important to make sure your pet is protected from fleas.
While fleas don’t attach themselves to humans, this doesn’t mean that they can’t affect our health. Of the 300 flea species found in the United States, only a few can affect human health.
While the name makes it seems like it’s only for cats, dogs, and other animals that can be affected by the cat flea too. While they can spread plague bacteria, they are not as efficient in doing so as the ground squirrel or rat fleas.
A flea that can spread a tapeworm in your dogs and cats but can also, although not often, spread to humans.
Ground Squirrel Flea:
The more efficient spreader of plague to humans.
Oriental Rat Flea:
Not only another spreader of plague but can also transport flea-borne typhus. But don’t worry, they don’t only transmit throughout the U.S. but also globally.
Ground Squirrel Flea
Oriental Rat Flea
What Time Of The Year Do They Enter?
While they love the warmer and humid months, this doesn’t mean fleas disappear during the winter. Fleas will slow down but not vanish completely. In fact, your home provides the perfect place for fleas throughout the winter.
Why Pest Control?
Once you know your house has been infested with fleas, pest control will be able to eliminate the infestation for good. You are creating a safe environment for you and your pets. However, if you do happen to bring flea-infested pets into your home and your house hasn’t been taken over yet, it is still a great idea to have someone come in and do some preventative care to stop the chances of an infestation occurring. Take care of those ankles!