What You Ought To Know About Fleas In Your Elk Grove Home

a flea jumping on human skin

Fleas are an extremely small pest that you might not think about that often or view as a cause of concern. However, despite their tiny size, fleas are more than just a nuisance pest. They can spread diseases to humans and animals, and even people who don’t have pets can wind up with a flea infestation.

However, because of their tiny eighth of an inch long size, it can be difficult to notice an infestation right away. While you can see them, if you’re paying close attention, there are other signs of fleas you’re likely to pick up on first.
The following initial warning signs can help you identify fleas in your Elk Grove home early on and make it easier to remove them.

  • Noticing pets scratching or biting their fur 
  • Seeing their droppings, which look like dark spots of dirt, on carpets or furniture 
  • Noticing small, light tan egg casing around your flooring or furniture
  • Seeing spots of hair loss or sores on your pets

Are Fleas Actually Dangerous?

Because of their size and the fact that many people don’t view them as harmful to humans, you might not worry much about fleas. However, even the smallest of pests can cause health problems for pets and people.
Here are the health risks associated with fleas:

  • They caused the bubonic plague and at least one other major plague outbreak in history, and even today, they can still cause small plague outbreaks. 
  • They carry other illnesses such as cat scratch fever and typhus.
  • They can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
  • They can also cause secondary infections from scratching bites.
  • They can also cause health issues for pets such as pale gums, sores, and more.

Flea Prevention Steps

In order to keep yourself, your family, and your pets safe from fleas and the illnesses they can spread, one of the best things to do is take steps to prevent them. Preventive measures are always easier than pest removal, so following these easy tips can help reduce the likelihood of an infestation.

  • Look over any second-hand furniture or clothing before bringing them into your home.
  • Work with your vet to protect your pets using things like flea collars and medications.
  • Because wild animals can also bring fleas into your property, install fences, store pet food inside, and keep bird feeders out of reach to keep them out.
  • Vacuum, sweep, and clean your home regularly.

Continual, Effective Flea Protection

The best and safest way to protect your home from fleas is to get regular assistance from your veterinarian and the experts at Neighborly Pest Management. Your veterinarian can collaborate with you to keep your beloved pets safe, and our professionals can make sure that fleas don’t become a problem inside of your home. With over 40 years of experience, our technicians can provide prevention and control services you can rely on when it comes to flea problems. Discover more about protecting your Elk Grove home, or book a free inspection, by contacting us today. You can also contact us using our online form.