Fleas are a widespread leaping pest carried around by pets, livestock, and wild animals, mainly throughout the year’s warmer months. Unfortunately, humans can also become victimised by a potential invasion of fleas, and the consequences can be rather unpleasant for both your comfort and your health.
How do fleas spread, how do they feed, and how to manage a flea problem if we face one? You can find out the basics in the paragraphs below.
What Do Fleas Feed On?
There are many types of fleas, and each of them feeds on blood exclusively. Normally, fleas do not live on a human’s body, but they won’t hesitate to bite and feed if they come near it.
In the meantime, they will typically reside in the fur of animals near you or hitchhike in the natural greenery, looking for their next food source.
Fleas can be very adaptive. They survive long periods without feeding, and during such a period can be found both indoors and outdoors – in the park, in the forest, in your own yard, and in your own living room.
How Do They Get Into Your Home?
Fleas can enter the home carried by a pet or a human being. If you stumble upon a flea while outside, the insect can climb into your clothes, shoes, socks, or backpack and then arrive at your place, ready to stay.
Their usual hiding places indoors are the sleeping areas of people and their pets – beds, sofas, carpets, and even closets. Once they find a safe habitat, they multiply rapidly – a female flea can produce an offspring of 400-500 in just about 100 days.
Are Flea Bites Something You Should Worry About?
You can quickly tell that you’ve been attacked by fleas, as their bites are very specific and very itchy. If the bites occur outdoors, they will normally spread on your feet, ankles, and lower legs – the areas that had been exposed.
If the pests already share a home with you, their bites can appear in clusters all over the body, causing tiny red bumps with a “halo” around the center. Depending on how your body reacts, you can experience anything from mild discomfort to a severe allergic reaction.
According to health specialists, flea bites are definitely something to worry about in both animals and humans.
- In animals, they can cause serious allergy dermatitis and tapeworms, which could potentially evolve into more dangerous health hazards.
- In humans, flea bites come with severe itching, the scratching of which can provoke bleeding and bacterial infections. Moreover, fleas are said to be able to transmit threatening diseases such as bubonic plague and murine typhus.
Put shortly – ignoring flea bites is not a good strategy for your health, your wellbeing, and your quality of life.
How To Get Rid Of Fleas In Your Property?
When it comes to fleas, prevention is essential. Home, bedding, and laundry hygiene play a vital role, along with regular vacuuming and home decontamination. In addition, if you have a cat, a dog, or another type of furry pet, you would like to have them regularly checked and treated by a professional vet in order to keep fleas away.
In case of ongoing flea contamination of the property you reside in, calling professional pest and flea control is a strongly advisable thing to do. Considering the rapid speed of reproduction of fleas, the situation can easily go out of control.
A certified pest control expert can help you assess the situation and design the most suitable way for addressing it – swift, effective, industry-approved, and safe for your environment.