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Why Flea Populations In Lexington Explode In The Summer

a flea under a microscope

Flea populations in Lexington boom in the summer as they become more active and begin the breeding process; fleas prefer warm and humid climates, and in years with mild winters, they are especially prolific. In the Lexington area, fleas can present a huge problem for people and pets all summer long.  

People tend to think of fleas as nothing more than annoying nuisance pests, or think that fleas couldn’t invade their homes because they don’t have any pets, or their pets have flea collars on or have had flea treatments from the vet, but that is often not the case.

Unfortunately, fleas are more than just a nuisance. They can cause uncomfortable and itchy bites on both animals and humans as well as carry diseases, viruses, and certain worms. Also, fleas can get inside your home, even if you don’t have pets or your pets have flea prevention methods in place. They can be carried inside by rodents and other animals, thus infecting you and your home.

There are several preventative measures you can take to help eliminate and prevent fleas:

  • Follow your veterinarian’s recommendation for flea treatments for your pets and make sure to stick to the prescribed treatment, including changing flea collars at the recommended intervals.
  • Brush and bathe your pets frequently, preferably outdoors, to make sure they are free of fleas.
  • Inspect your animals and yourself after spending time in your yard to make sure you don’t bring fleas into your Lexington home.
  • Vacuum your carpets daily and use the upholstery attachments to vacuum couches and other furniture regularly.

In many cases, prevention methods alone will not be enough to keep fleas from infesting your home. If those preventative methods don’t keep the fleas from invading, you can take the following measures:

  • Call Action Pest Control for an assessment of your situation and treatment plan.
  • Follow the instructions from Action completely, including preparing your home for treatment and post-treatment recommendations including vacuuming.
  • See your vet for a reevaluation of your pet and flea control methods.
  • Consider a year-round home pest control plan that will help keep rodents and other animals that may carry fleas do out of your home.

Protecting yourself and your pets from the itching and potential infections that flea bites they can cause should be a priority as the weather in the Lexington area continues to warm up and fleas become more active. Action Pest Control technicians are experts in helping you keep you and your family safe from these pesky pests! Contact us today to learn more about our flea control options!