What are fleas?
Fleas are insects that are regularly linked with pet owners because these blood-feeding pests prefer dogs and cats as their hosts. However, it is not just pet owners that need to guard their properties against biting fleas; fleas can become a problem on any property, whether pets are present or not.
Fleas are so tiny they are often mistaken for a speck of dirt, that is until they use their powerful back legs to jump out of your way. Fleas are frustrating pests to deal with because they are prolific breeders and quickly develop large populations. In McAllen, Texas, our warm, humid weather allows these pests to remain active throughout the entire year.
Are fleas dangerous?
Unlike ticks and other blood-feeding pests, fleas living in the United States aren’t significant in spreading diseases. The bigger concern when it comes to fleas is the relentless bites they deliver. Though people aren’t their preferred hosts, they won’t hesitate to bite us and feed on our blood when living in our homes or yards.
Most people and animals are allergic to flea saliva and develop red itchy rashes around the bite sites. Flea bite dermatitis is a serious concern, and itching at their bites can lead to secondary infections, scabbing, and scarring. In our pets, a heavy flea infestation can result in the loss of fur and the development of anemia.
Fleas are also responsible for spreading parasitic tapeworms to both people and animals.
Why do I have a flea & tick problem?
The reason fleas are active and such a problem in our area throughout the year is that their primary hosts, rodents, and other wild animals are active in our region year-round.
Fleas are primarily introduced into our yards by wild animals. Then when we or our pets spend time in our yards, we regularly come into contact with biting fleas and have a good chance of bringing them inside our homes.
Rodents also regularly transport fleas into our homes. When rodents move inside, foraging for food or safe shelter, they bring themselves and the fleas living in their fur. As they move around your home, flea eggs will drop to the ground and start an infestation.
It is not just living things that cause a flea infestation. Secondhand items like rugs and upholstered furniture can house hitchhiking fleas and lead to an infestation in any of our homes.
Where will I find fleas?
Fleas have a short life cycle of only about two to three months, and for the majority of their short life, they spend it on the back of an animal host, moving wherever they take them.
Wherever animals hang out, there may be large populations of fleas. Fleas that have not found their way to a host yet will hang out in shaded areas of our yards. Tall grass, leaf piles, mulch, woodpiles, and spaces under decks are all places in our yards that small animals and fleas call home.
Unfortunately, fleas don’t just live outdoors; they also live successfully inside our homes. Common places to discover these pests include bedding, upholstered furniture, under rugs, on your pets, and behind baseboards and wood trim.
How do I get rid of fleas?
Fleas are constantly being brought onto our properties by their wild animal hosts, stray animals, or your own family’s cats and dogs. The best way to help keep these biting pests at bay is through regular pest control services.
At Bugworks Termite & Pest Control, our professionals will work with you to make your yard less hospitable to fleas and will perform effective flea control to eliminate these biting pests. By combining our knowledge with our high-quality home flea control services, we will take back your Rio Grande Valley area property from biting ticks. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule your first visit!
How can I prevent fleas & ticks in the future?
In addition to implementing professional pest control services, the following tips will help you make your property less attractive to the fleas that live throughout Texas.
- If you own pets, we recommend that you place them on a year-round tick control program under the guidance of their veterinarian.
- Maintain your lawn and keep the grass cut short.
- Keep flea-infested animals away from your property by taking away food sources; place lids on trash cans, keep outdoor eating areas free of leftover food, and take down bird feeders.
- Always inspect yourself and your pets for fleas before going back into your home after spending time outside.
- Remove brush piles, leaf piles, and other organic debris from your yard where wild animals and fleas like to hang out.
- Regularly vacuum your home and wash your family’s bedding and pet bedding to help get rid of stray fleas.
Contact Bugworks Termite & Pest Control if you have any questions or to learn more about the services we offer.
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