If you are experiencing itchy red flea bites around your ankles or seeing the tiny dark colored bugs on your pets, you may be wondering how those fleas are coming in. And if you are getting bites and seeing fleas but you don't even have a furry friend, you may be wondering even more how they are coming in. This article should help you put these questions to rest.
Adult fleas are a mere 2.5 cm in length and can range in color from yellow or red, to dark brown, depending on how recently they have fed. Fleas are thin and flat. This allows them to move very easily through the fur of an animal. Seen by the naked eye, a flea appears as a small, dark, oval-shaped insect with a hard shell, which is most easily seen on an animal with light colored fur or hair. If a flea is caught, you may notice that it is very hard to kill by hand. Often, when a person tries to crush a flea, it simply springs away as soon as it is released. It can be quite maddening!
If You Have Pets
There are many pests that will come into your home by squeezing through gaps and cracks found in your foundation or outer walls--pests like cockroaches or spiders. Others hitchhike in on humans, pests like the bed bug. Some will fly right in through an open door or window, such as house flies and stink bugs. But fleas typically come in on animals. Dogs and cats are famous for picking up fleas in the yard and carrying them inside. But once inside, fleas won't stay on your pet. They will crawl into pet bedding, carpeting, furniture, and more. And, once established, they will begin to multiply.
If You Don't Have Pets
If you are scratching your head because you have fleas and you don't have pets, consider the fact that fleas can ride in on any furry creature. If you have gaps or holes in your walls and foundation that are large enough, you may have mice, or even rats, squirrels, bats, and other critters, living within your attic and wall voids. These creatures usually don't come alone. They will often bring with them lice, mites, ticks and, you guessed it, fleas.
How To Prevent Fleas From Entering Your Home
There are a number of steps you can take to try to prevent fleas from coming into your home. Some are simple, others take a little more effort.
If you have pets, make sure to visit your veterinarian in order to purchase the best flea control for your pet and your area. Use these flea products as prescribed.
Make sure to bathe and groom your pets as often as is necessary.
If your pets go outside, consider keeping them inside a fenced area, or on a leash, inside a pest-controlled area as much as possible.
Keep your property well maintained by making sure your grass is trimmed short and there is minimal clutter so that other furry creatures won't have as many places to hide. If rodents and other animals have places to hide, they will come in close to your home and, from there, find a way in.
Keep trash in sealed containers so as not to draw furry creatures in.
Make sure your foundation and walls are free from gaps, cracks, and holes where animals can squeeze through. Keep in mind that a mouse only needs a hole the size of a dime to squeeze through.
If you are seeing rodents or other animals near your home, be sure to contact a pest control company for assistance.
If you are noticing flea bites or seeing the fleas themselves, you may not care to know how they are getting in. You may simply want them gone. While there are many strategies for trying to get rid of fleas, often homeowners become frustrated at the seemingly never-ending battle, as fleas return time and time again. If you need assistance in completely ridding your home of fleas, and in sealing them out, reach out to Russell's Pest Control today. Our trained pest control technicians can take care of those fleas. No problem.
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