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Expert Advice On Total Flea Control For Your Louisville Home

June 18, 2020


Are you wondering what to do about fleas? This pest can be dangerous for humans and animals. If you have pets, you have an increased chance of finding fleas in your home. How can you protect yourself and your family from fleas? Here’s a guide to get you started.

a cat flea on fabric

How Can You Identify Fleas?

Fleas are quite small, less than 3 mm long. They feed on blood from mammals and can be found in cloth, furniture, and plants. Bur how can you know if you have fleas? One of the first signs is their bites. Fleas will feed on humans and animals. If you see your pets scratching or notice red spots on their skin, that could be a sign that they’ve picked up fleas. If you get bitten, you’ll see tiny red bumps that can itch for days.

When looking for fleas in your home, start by checking your pets’ fur. Look for small dark bugs or red spots on their skin. You may also want to check furniture, bedding, dog beds or blankets where your pets sleep, and furniture. You’re looking for bugs but also for evidence that they were around. You may see dark particles called flea dirt. If you see these signs, Action Pest Control can send a technician to confirm the presence of fleas and begin a treatment plan.

Why Are Fleas So Bad?

Flea bites are itchy and uncomfortable, but is that the only thing wrong with this pest? Fleas are actually quite dangerous in addition to being a nuisance. They have been linked to dangerous diseases such as the bubonic plague, tularemia, tungiasis, and typhus. Many of these diseases can be transmitted both to humans and animals.

How Can You Avoid Fleas?

If you have pets, the first step in preventing fleas is to work with your vet to protect your pet. There are several options for flea prevention on the market. Depending on what your vet says, you may use a collar, drops, or pills to protect your furry friend.

In order to protect your family, you need to keep wildlife away from your home. Wild animals will pick up fleas and bring them into your yard where they can get onto your pets or kids and be carried inside. Install fences, trim back vegetation, and make sure you aren’t leaving out food that might attract wildlife (deer, squirrels, raccoons, or birds). After spending time outdoors, especially if you go to trails or heavily wooded areas, check your pets for fleas before going inside.

What Should You Do If You Have Fleas?

Sometimes fleas get inside despite your best efforts. If you or your family or pets begin to feel itchy, or if you see small insects on your pet’s fur, you should call Action Pest Control for help.

We’re happy to use our expertise to identify fleas in your Louisville home. Not only will we confirm whether or not you have fleas, but we’ll also help you figure out how they got inside. We’ll then check your home to see the extent of the spread and we’ll create a custom treatment plan that works for your family.

Don’t let fleas take over your home this summer. Protect yourself, your family, and your furry friends from flea bites with help from Action Pest Control.




 

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