What The Experts Have To Say About Flea Infestations In New Jersey

May 8, 2020

Fleas are a lot like tiny cowboys. They love riding large animals, their primary color is brown, and they are not afraid to draw blood when needed. Of course, unlike cowboys, fleas can be a very real part of everyday life for common people. But they might be a bit more dangerous. If you are curious to learn more about fleas and to find out why they are the last creatures you want crawling around in your home, we have some information you need to know. Here are what the experts have to say about flea infestations in New Jersey.

a flea in dog hair

What are fleas?

Fleas are small parasitic pests that require warm-blooded creatures to survive. One thing you should know about fleas is that they cannot fly. To get from host to host, fleas use their strong legs to jump. 
Out in nature, fleas can be found on a number of different creatures such as deer, foxes, wolves, coyotes... anything with fur or hair. One particular furry creature that fleas love to climb and feed on are rodents. Rodents carrying fleas are one of the most common ways flea infestations start. The other common way is with household pets. If your cat, dog, or other furry friend doesn’t have proper protection against fleas, any trip outside could have them picking up unwanted guests. 
Once inside, fleas will hop off and get into carpets and furniture, hiding anywhere they can. This means that even if you get your pets flea-free, your home might continue to have flea problems. Fleas can survive on human blood if needed, and, like bed bugs, often feed during the night while you are asleep.

Are Fleas Dangerous?

If your pets have ever had fleas, you know how annoying they are. What you might not know is that they can be dangerous. Although very small, a flea can carry a number of different dangerous diseases. One you might recognize is the black plague which was responsible for killing over 30% of Europe’s total population in the 14th century. Today, fleas are still capable of spreading diseases such as the bubonic plague, murine typhus, and tularemia.
Fleas can be deadly to pets. Some severe flea infestations have been known to be lethal to cats as well as kittens. Diseases like feline homotrophic mycoplasmosis and plague can be spread by fleas to your pets. If untreated, this can result in death. Fortunately, cases of pet death are rare with flea infestations.

How You Can Reduce Your Risk Of A Flea Infestation

At this point, you are probably wondering, “How can I keep fleas out of my home?” Here are some suggestions we recommend to deter fleas from your New Jersey home.

  • Talk to your vet about flea and tick control and ask them what method is best for your pet.
  • Seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior to keep out pests such as mice and rats.
  • Trim your grass regularly and keep your landscaping well managed.
  • Regularly check your pets for fleas. Early prevention is vital for early treatments.
  • Keep your yard free of clutter and organic debris such as leaf piles. This will deter rodents from hiding out and bringing fleas into your yard.

What To Do If Fleas Get Into Your Home

If you suspect your home has an active flea infestation, do not panic. We have quick and easy answers here at Amco Pest Solutions. With just one visit, a pest professional can get your home on its way to being flea-free. In addition to our flea treatments, we highly recommend bringing any flea-infested pets to your local vet. This way, once your home is clear, you can make sure it stays clear.
Contact us today for questions or to schedule services for your home.

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