Flea Control Guide For Sacramento Homeowners

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A flea infestation in your home becomes a confrontation, as the flea bites leave itchy areas on both you and your pets. The best way to get rid of fleas in this situation is to reach out to Sacramento pest control for expert assistance.

How To Identify Fleas

You may not detect fleas moving into your home at first, thanks to their small size and ability to hide in your pet’s fur, furniture, or carpets. Identifying a flea infestation early is essential to stop it from growing out of control. In general, the fleas themselves will be no larger than an eighth of an inch long and will be dark brown to black in color; they are wingless, have six legs, and have a more flat shape. 

In addition to identifying fleas, you should be on the lookout for the following signs that fleas have moved into your home:

  • Flea dirt may appear on furniture, carpets, pet areas, or your pets. Flea dirt is tiny and seems like black pepper; it turns reddish when water touches it.
  • Pets in your home are constantly scratching for seemingly no reason or start to lose hair due to itching and fussing.
  • Flea bites may appear on your pets; these will be red itchy bites on the softest areas of their body, such as bellies, underarms, and the base of the tail. Humans in your home may also receive flea bites.
  • You may see fleas on your carpet or bed, especially if you are wearing white socks or have white sheets; the white color makes it easier to spot dark fleas.

Are Fleas Harmful?

Even though fleas are not considered particularly venomous or dangerous just from one bite, a flea infestation can be quite harmful to both you and your pets. In the case of your pets, a large number of fleas may easily lead to lethargy or extreme blood loss. This pest may also transfer diseases and parasites such as tapeworms or heartworms to your pet, something that has the potential to be fatal.

Flea bites may also affect humans. Flea diseases that you can contract from a bite include cat-scratch fever, the bubonic plague, murine typhus, and tularemia. Fleas may also trigger allergies in humans, leading to a risk of secondary infection by itching.

Fleas Multiply Quickly

It is crucial to deal with a flea infestation quickly because of how fast this pest multiplies. A female flea can lay between forty and fifty eggs per day, leading to a severe problem in no time at all. Plus, any flea treatment you invest in will need to address all stages of the flea lifecycle otherwise, this pest will keep returning.

The Best Way To Completely Get Rid Of Fleas

The best way to get rid of fleas isn’t investing in natural flea treatment and DIY methods – it’s contacting our professionals at Neighborly Pest Management. Our experts will be able to help evaluate the scale of your flea problem and present you with tailored treatments that effectively work to remove this pest and protect your home from future invasions. Combine this treatment with flea protection for your pets, and you can be sure that your home will be safe from fleas and the many health problems that they can introduce.

Reach out to Neighborly Pest Management today for more advice or assistance.