How Do Pets Get Fleas?

Do you ever see your dog (or cat) scratch itself for hours upon hours each and every day?

You might want to inspect their fur or bring them to a veterinarian because they could be covered in — fleas! But how could this happen?

Well, there are actually a few ways your furry friend attracted an infestation of fleas.

From Other Animals

One of the most common ways your pet will develop a flea infestation is due to other animals it comes into contact with. Whether this is from another dog, cat, or even a mouse (a pet or uninvited house guest), most fleas don’t care what species their host is.

Other flea carrying animals that can come in contact with your pet (or areas in your home) include rodents, squirrels, deer, opossum, and birds.

From Your Home

Fleas infest a wide array of animals (like the list previously mentioned) and most of which can be found in your local neighborhood. A single flea that is found on one of these animals can jump ship and stick around in search of a new host.

Fleas can also be introduced via clothing, shoes, bedding, furniture, plush dog toys, etc. Make sure you inspect any second-hand pet supplies and even your own clothing if you come in contact with other animals.

From the Outside World

While fleas do need a host in order to survive, they can go long periods of time without one as long as they’re in warm and humid conditions. This makes the summer months a dangerous time for those with pets.

Fleas will lay their eggs and look for future hosts as they sit in cool, shady places. When you bring your pets to the front or back yards, parks, kennels, or their dog houses, give their fur coats a quick glance to look for any pests like fleas (or ticks) that would have latched on.

A flea infestation on your pet can occur out of nowhere thanks to all of the ways fleas can jump onto your wet-nosed family member.

When you discover a flea infestation in your home, bring your pet to the vet and contact Knockout Pest Control for your home. To learn more or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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