How Dangerous Is It To Have Fleas In My Tulsa Home?
February 3, 2021
Here in Tulsa, there are a number of pests that can invade your property. Not so many are as dangerous to you and your pets as fleas can be. That’s because fleas are small, hard to see parasites that can spread diseases to both humans and animals, alike. If you want to protect your family and your pets from these dangerous pests, you need to know effective prevention techniques to keep them off of your Tulsa property. Should your home become infested with fleas, you need to know what your options are to effectively remove them.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are small parasites, measuring in around 2.5mm. They feed on the blood of both humans and animals although they prefer the blood of animals. Therefore, if fleas get onto your property, your pets could be at serious risk. Even though fleas are small in size, they have powerful hind legs that allow them to jump much higher and further than you might expect. Because fleas are so small, they can often be hard to see around the home. One of the best ways to tell if you have a flea infestation is by watching your pet. Are they scratching a lot? Do they have reddened skin? Are they biting and chewing at their skin? All of these could be signs of fleas in your home, meaning it's time to call both the pest control professionals - and the vet.
How Dangerous Are Fleas?
Many people may think fleas are merely obnoxious pests that cause them and their pets to itch and scratch. However, fleas can do more damage than just leaving you with itchy skin. Fleas can host tapeworms that can be passed to your pets. Unfortunately, they have also been known to pass tapeworms to humans in some rare instances. Less rare, fleas are known carriers of murine typhus and the plague which they can pass to humans. These are both harmful diseases which can cause serious damage to our health.
How To Prevent Fleas?
Many people think the only way to get fleas on a property is on their pets. People without pets often think they are safe from flea infestations. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Fleas can be brought onto a property from a variety of visiting wildlife including rodents. There’s more to flea prevention than simply not having pets. If you are a pet owner, you should talk to your vet about ongoing flea treatments.
To keep fleas off of your property, you should:
- Put up protective fencing around all vegetable and fruit gardens.
- Pick up any fallen fruits of vegetables out of your yard.
- Keep outdoor dining spaces free of food and trash.
- Pick up any uneaten pet food after your pet has finished eating.
- Keep your lawn well-manicured and all vegetation trimmed back.
- Store trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Utilize proper food and trash storage inside to make your home less attractive to rodents.
The Best Method For Flea Protection
- While you can and should take the necessary measures to make your Tulsa property less attractive to flea-carrying wildlife, the best method for flea protection is a collaborated effort between your vet and the pest control professionals here at Dandi Guaranty.
Here at Dandi Guaranty, we offer a variety of ongoing residential pest control plans that ensure your property stays free of harmful pests including fleas. We care about the well-being of our customers, including their pets. That’s why we take fleas seriously here at Dandi Guaranty. Give us a call today.