When you think of a flea infestation, you might think of an old, dirty dog scratching itself. While this is the prime candidate for fleas to feed on, any pet (and human) can become susceptible to an infestation of these pests. If you believe your home has a flea infestation, then you should read on…
Why Do I Have a Flea Infestation?
Any household with pets are prone to flea infestations, especially in the summertime. Flea infestations occur most in summer because they thrive in warm, moist environments. Therefore, if your pets go outside in the yard, they are at a high risk for fleas attaching to them. All it takes are a few fleas to turn into a full blown infestation as they can reproduce at an alarming rate.
Common signs of a Flea Infestation
- Finding small black dots on your pets fur
- Pets that continuously scratch or bite themselves excessively
- Bald spots and small cuts on your pets’ skin
- Pale gums on your pets (due to the loss of blood)
- Seeing small black dots jumping around on carpeting, furniture, linens, or drapery
How to Prevent a Flea Infestation
The first step in preventing a flea infestation is to provide all pets with flea collars. You should also be maintaining your lawn and property as fleas thrive in areas with tall grass and weeds. For the inside of your home, make sure you are vacuuming regularly to remove any existing fleas and debris they could use for cover.
You might think fleas only stick to your pets, but these little blood suckers can run rampant throughout your home once they’re inside! When your home is exposed to a flea infestation, contact Knockout Pest Control. To learn more or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.