Flea infestations are one of the most common pest issues experienced by Australian households, and are especially prevalent in homes containing pets. At first glance, these little creepy crawlies seem to pose little danger to us and our pets; however, severe flea infestations can result in long-lasting consequences that negatively influence the well-being of our furry friends and our health. The more you know about these parasitic insects, the better you can protect your home from an infestation.
Flea Infestation Symptoms
It is important to know the early signs of a flea infestation. You can start checking your dogs and cats for early symptoms of fleas. If your pets continuously scratch or groom themselves, or start losing patches of hair with developed hot spots under the skin, chances are they have fleas. If your pets are allergic to flea bites, they can suffer from excessive hair loss, severe fungal infections and skin inflammation. Furthermore, fleas can give your pets tapeworm or bacterial diseases such as cat scratch fever, which can potentially be passed on to humans if not diagnosed and treated at an early stage. You should inspect your pets’ fur carefully to detect flea infestation early. If you find these parasites visibly crawling in your pets’ hair, contact a veterinarian immediately to get a diagnosis and proper treatment for your pets.
Other signs of fleas include flea droppings, which looks like ground black pepper, and flea eggs which resemble little white pieces or rice. Once you find fleas in your pets, it is likely you will have these uninvited guests hanging around in your back yard and even in your bed. That is why it is crucial to be aware of the early signs of flea infestation. You can then stop further contagion around the house and potential harm to your loved ones.
Can Fleas be a Danger to Humans?
If the infestation has already spread to the humans in your home, members of the household can expect to be bothered by flea bites on the ankles or legs. Those bites can cause severe irritation and serious allergic reactions in some cases. You will also be likely to find fleas actively jumping around your house inside your carpet and furniture as well as flea droppings and flea larvae.
As fleas can transmit deadly diseases, it is important to seek immediate treatment once the problem has been detected. Fleas can easily be transmitted from one animal to another and feed on the hosts’ blood; therefore, disease can be spread rapidly. A professional flea control service is always the quickest and most effective way to permanently eliminate fleas from your house. Searching for a reliable service in your local area is the best option because local experts are experienced when it comes to the weather, housing and common pest problems in your area. That means they are the best equipped to provide the most rapid solution to your flea issue.
How to Prevent Fleas
Once a flea infestation is established, it can be very hard to completely eliminate. If one pet in your home has a flea infestation, any other animals in the household need to be treated as well. Fleas also need to be removed from your pets’ surroundings including rugs, carpets, pets’ bedding, etc. As prevention is better than cure, it is better to take steps to prevent an invasion by those pesky insects than waiting for them to set up shop in your home. Infestations are more likely to be found in outdoor pets than indoor ones as your dogs and cats can get fleas from another animals in the neighbourhood. To reduce the chance of flea infestation, there are a variety of things you should consider doing more often such as pet maintenance, regular vacuuming and washing your pets’ bedding and carpets. You should also keep the space outside your house clean and tidy. If you neighbours’ pets get fleas, you should inspect your home and your pets in order to begin ridding your home of them as soon as possible.
At TwinBays pest control, we offer flea infestation treatments with rapid results. Our team includes experienced pest specialists who are trained professionally and can resolve any pest problems you are facing. TwinBays can guarantee your peace of mind because we will take care of any pest nightmare you have once and for all. Contact us online today or speak to us via our hotline 0409 334 562.