Wildlife Wednesday: Fleas - The Tiny Pests Hitching a Ride on Your Pets

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Wildlife Wednesday: Fleas - The Tiny Pests Hitching a Ride on Your Pets

Welcome to another edition of Wildlife Wednesday! Today, we're focusing on a common household pest that often goes unnoticed until it's too late - fleas. These small insects are notorious for being brought into homes by pets, and they can quickly become a nuisance for both animals and humans.

Understanding Fleas

Fleas are tiny, wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They are known for their incredible jumping ability, which allows them to move easily between hosts and environments. While they are small in size, fleas can cause significant problems, including:

  • Itchy Bites: Flea bites are irritating and can lead to excessive scratching and discomfort for pets and people.

  • Allergic Reactions: Some animals and individuals may have allergic reactions to flea bites, resulting in more severe itching and skin issues.

  • Disease Transmission: Fleas can carry and transmit various diseases, including the bubonic plague, typhus, and tapeworms.

Prevention and Control

To keep your home flea-free, it's important to take preventive measures and act quickly if you suspect an infestation:

  • Regular Pet Care: Keep your pets on a regular flea prevention regimen as recommended by your veterinarian.

  • Vacuuming: Regularly vacuum carpets, upholstery, and pet bedding to remove flea eggs and larvae.

  • Cleaning: Wash pet bedding and other fabric items in hot water to kill fleas and their eggs.

  • Professional Help: If you're dealing with a severe infestation, it's best to seek professional pest control services.

At Paragon Pest Control, we understand the challenges of dealing with fleas and are here to help. Our expert team can provide effective solutions to eliminate fleas from your home and prevent future infestations.