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Keeping Fleas Out Of Your Aiken Home

a flea on the skin

If you have ever owned a dog or cat, you have probably had to deal with fleas and flea bites. If you have never owned a furry friend, you likely have not yet had a run-in with these invasive and problematic insects. This does not mean, however, that you won’t. Fleas are a problem for both pet owners and people who do not have pets. To help you keep fleas out of your Aiken home, here are some things you should know:

How To Tell If Its Fleas In Your Aiken Home

Identifying a flea infestation is sometimes difficult. If you have pets, you might get a clue from them scratching themselves more than normal. Checking through their fur might reveal other signs like flea bites and flea dirt. These things are both clear indications that fleas are around. If you don’t have pets, fleas will hide inside your carpets, blankets, and in other areas that simulate fur. They will not exclusively live in these areas, but will most likely lay their eggs in these locations. One thing you should know is that a flea is visible to the naked eye but appears like a small brown spec until it jumps or moves. 

The Dangers Fleas Bring To Aiken Homes

One thing we are regularly asked is: are fleas dangerous to humans? The answer to this is a resounding yes! Fleas were the main spreader of the bubonic plague which killed millions during the thirteenth century. Although we have better access to medicine and treatments to cure and treat dangerous diseases today, flea diseases are still a big problem. Some common sicknesses you might contract from these pests are murine typhus, tungiasis, tularemia, and of course, the bubonic plague. One thing to keep in mind is that fleas are also a threat to your pets. For this reason, we highly recommend investing in a flea and tick collar for any of your pets that go outside. 

Why Fleas Come Into Aiken Homes

A flea is most likely to invade a dwelling while riding on the back of a cat or dog. This is because humans allow their pets to roam in and out frequently. Riding in on a pet, however, is not the only way a flea can get inside. These pests also infest home-invading pests like rats, mice, squirrels, birds, and bats. When these larger invaders invade, they sometimes bring fleas inside with them. If these fleas fall off and infest carpets and other interior spaces, they could establish themselves quickly and become a threat to your health. 

How To Get Rid Of Fleas & Keep Them Out, In Aiken 

There are two sides to controlling fleas. The first is to make sure your pets are taken care of. Most people use flea shampoo or other treatments to remove fleas from their pet’s fur. If you are unsure of what to do with your furry friend, contact your veterinarian. They will have some good suggestions. As for getting fleas out of your living areas, your best option is to hire the pest control professionals at Aiken Pest. To handle fleas in homes, we provide effective pest control services. If you are unsure if your home has a flea infestation but are finding bites on your skin, let us come out and take a look. We know how to identify a range of biting pests and will help you assess your risks and put in place a plan of action to solve your pest problems quickly.

Contact our team today to learn more about our flea control and schedule your Aiken home for a visit.