Winning The Battle Against Fleas: Effective Control Strategies For Fort Lauderdale Homes
August 20, 2023 - Fleas
Fleas are small parasitic insects that feed on warm-blooded mammals. Although they are often a problem for pet owners, even homes without pets can have an infestation, usually because of wild animals visiting the property. Whether you have just begun to see fleas in your home or you've been fighting them for a while, working with a local Fort Lauderdale pest control company is the best way to win the battle against these difficult pests.
This blog will explain how to identify fleas and review the health hazards they pose to your family and pets. We'll also explain how to achieve total flea elimination and provide tips to help you prevent them in the future. Read on to learn more about the best way to get rid of fleas with the pros at GOTBUGSIKILL.
Flea Identification: What Do They Look Like?
The first sign of a flea infestation is typically seeing your pets or family scratching at terribly itchy bites. If you have pets, you can comb through their fur to find the insects, which are dark or reddish brown, and have a flat shape. If you get close to them with the comb, you'll notice they can jump incredibly high for such a small insect.
Because they are so tiny, fleas can be hard to see. Here are some additional signs of fleas that can help you confirm you have an infestation:
- Flea bite marks usually appear in a line or groups of three or four.
- Flea bites on people often occur around the ankles.
- Flea bites on pets are typically around the neck, ears, abdomen, and base of the tail.
- Fur loss in pets from excessive scratching.
- Small black specks of flea feces on carpets, rugs, and pet beds.
The sooner you can eliminate fleas in your house, the better. These insects multiply rapidly, with a female flea laying up to 2,000 eggs in 100 days. Contact us today at GOTBUGSIKILL for assistance eliminating fleas and preventing them from returning.
Health Hazards Of Fleas: Dangers To People And Pets
It would be one thing if fleas were just an annoying nuisance, but fleas also endanger the health of your family and pets. Fleas can spread illnesses like murine typhus, tularemia, tungiasis, and bartonellosis to people. Accidentally ingesting a flea can also transmit tapeworms to people and pets.
Pets can also develop a flea allergy resulting in severe itching and hair loss, and if the fleas take enough blood from your pet, they can end up with anemia. The faster you can get fleas out of the house, the safer everyone will be. Contact us today at GOTBUGSIKILL to learn more about our flea control services or to schedule an appointment.
Total Flea Elimination: Call The Pros Right Away!
Eliminating a flea infestation on your own is incredibly challenging. Over-the-counter products are not enough to get rid of all the fleas and eggs scattered throughout your home. These products can also be dangerous to use around your family and pets.
The safest and most effective way to eliminate fleas in your home and yard is to work with the pest control pros. GOTBUGSIKILL has the experience and knowledge to help you quickly eliminate these pests and protect your family and pets from the dangers they bring. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and get back to a flea-free property.
Flea Prevention Goes Beyond Just Your Pets: Tips And Tricks
While your veterinarian can help with recommendations for keeping fleas off your pets, there are plenty of ways you can help reduce the chances of a future infestation. Here are some effective tips and tricks for flea prevention:
- Frequently mow the lawn to expose the soil to sunlight which fleas try to avoid.
- Fleas thrive in moist, humid areas, so avoid over-watering the grass.
- Address rodent or wildlife populations and consider installing fencing to keep them out.
- Frequently wash bedding, both yours and your pets.
- Vacuum often to catch fleas that get inside, and empty the bag or canister outdoors.
After we eliminate your infestation, the pros at GOTBUGSIKILL can help you locate any potential factors on your property that may attract fleas. Our technicians can also help prevent fleas in the yard with barrier sprays. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule a free inspection and get rid of fleas in your home and yard for good.
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