September 17, 2019
Fleas are tiny insects, only an eighth of an inch long. But although they are small, they are not insignificant! Fleas use animals as hosts, feeding on their blood. They sometimes get inside houses on the backs of pets or rodents. If you have a pet, you’re probably familiar with fleas. But did you know that fleas don’t just bother animals? You can get flea bites just as easily as your dog can causing itchy red welts. Fleas can also spread diseases such as typhus or tapeworm.
You may think of fleas as a summer pest. They do like the warm weather and may become more active because of it. Plus, the flea population is likely to increase during the summer, after spring breeding. Once the summer is over, you may think you're safe from fleas, but, in fact, they can be more of a problem during the fall.
Don't Fleas Die-Off in the Fall?
While we think of fleas as a summer pest, unfortunately, fall doesn't guarantee their downfall. In the fall, rodents try to get inside your home to escape the cold weather and bring fleas with them. Fleas will also survive the cooler weather by using your pets as a host. They may then hide in dog beds, but with a severe infestation they can live in your couches, in your bed, or any other dark areas in your home. If you have pets, you should never let your guard down when it comes to fleas.
What Attracts Fleas to Homes?
Fleas probably won’t come into your house on their own. As we discussed, they will come in on the animals they use as blood hosts. If you don’t have pets, fleas are probably coming in because you have a rodent problem. Rodents are attracted to your home by food, water, and shelter. An overgrown property or a yard with clutter and debris could be an invitation for mice, rats, or other rodents. If they then find food inside your home, you can easily end up with an infestation on your hands—of both rodents and fleas.
Flea Prevention Tips
To prevent fleas, you should keep your yard and house clean. Clear any debris that might be attracting rodents, and keep your kitchen clean to prevent access to food. Finally, seal up the exterior of your home by covering vents, fixing broken screens, and sealing cracks and holes in the siding.
If you have pets, work with your veterinarian to create a long-term flea prevention plan. Prevention may involve flea collars, flea drops, or flea pills. Find out what method works best for your pet and remember that treatments should be year-round, not just during the summer. Keep in mind that flea prevention not only saves you the hassle of dealing with fleas, but it also saves you and your furry friends from itchy and uncomfortable flea bites.
How Spencer Can Help
When prevention fails, and fleas get inside anyway, it's time to call Spencer Pest Services. Our years of experience make us uniquely qualified to find the cause of a flea infestation and create a custom treatment plan. Call today for a free consultation. Don't wait if have fleas. Year-round, Spencer Pest Services is here to help.