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Fleas, while tiny at just 1-2 mm in length, can cause homeowners and their pet’s major problems. These nasty insects live in your animal’s coat and bedding and feed on their blood. And, not only do fleas cause your pets to scratch incessantly due to their irritating bites, but they also pose other significant dangers you may not be aware of.

Fleas can carry tapeworm, cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), and be the reason for hair loss and secondary skin sensitivity due to constant scratching. When many fleas are present, they can cause anemia due to excessive blood loss, which can be life-threatening to small animals like kittens and puppies.

Common Culprits

Though you may do your best to keep fleas off your pets and out of your home, chances are, your dogs and cats could still pick up the parasites from wild or feral animals that gain access onto your property.

Raccoons and opossums often create headaches for homeowners by making a mess of garbage cans, stealing pet food, and tearing up gardens. They can also cause problems by bringing fleas into your home and yard. The best way to prevent this from happening is by limiting the available food sources on your property that’s attracting them. Secure your garbage bins with tight-fitting lids, bring pet food indoors overnight, and install a wire fence around your garden area.

If you’re a cat lover, you may not think of feral cats as a problem. However, strays who do not get constant care from humans are usually infested with fleas. Which means, if your pets spend time outdoors, it’s possible for them to still get fleas.

Prevention Tips

If you’ve ever had to get rid of an existing flea problem in your home, then you know how frustrating, expensive, and time-consuming it can be. Because each adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, infestations can happen rapidly. Therefore, it’s vital that you take the necessary steps to prevent the insects from taking over your home. Make sure you use a medicated flea treatment on your dog as well as treat the inside of your house and yard.

We Can Help!

Because the flea cycle happens within the environment more than on the host (such as your dog or cat), it can take several months to solve the problem. At Critter Control® of Orlando, we are equipped to handle even the most challenging pest infestations, whether large or small. For more information or to schedule your home consultation, call us today at 407-295-7194 or fill out a contact us form online.

 

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