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Aiken Homeowner's Complete Flea Control Guide

a flea crawling on skin

If you grew up with a dog or a cat, you have probably had run-ins with fleas before. If you currently own one of these furry pets, you probably have these pests on your radar now. We are here today to tell you that you do not need a dog or a cat to have trouble with fleas inside your Aiken home. To help you keep these pests outside where they belong, here are some things to consider and one great solution to get and keep them out of your home for good.

What Do Fleas Look Like In Aiken?

Something many people wonder is what fleas look like. It can be challenging to know how to identify fleas. Some believe that these pests are too small to see. We are here to tell you, this isn’t the case. An adult flea is .1 to .32 cm long and is reddish-brown. If you are looking for fleas on your pets, keep an eye out for specks that move or jump. If you don’t have pets, look for these pests in carpets and other similar areas inside your home.

Another thing to look for when trying to figure out how to identify fleas in your home is flea dust. Flea dust, also known as flea dirt, are small black flakes made up of flea droppings. These droppings are usually found inside the fur of flea-infested animals and look like pepper-like residue.

What Do Flea Eggs Look Like In Aiken? 

Flea eggs can be found in the fur of animals or on the floor around homes. These small white specs can be difficult to spot but are a great way to know that these pests are around and causing trouble. How long does it take for flea eggs to hatch? Usually, flea eggs will hatch within one to ten days of being laid. This time frame depends on environmental conditions like humidity and temperature.

Do Fleas In Aiken Spread Disease?

Fleas are among the more dangerous creatures in history. During medieval times, these pests, carried by rats, spread the bubonic plague which is also known as the black death. They still spread this disease today although it is not nearly as life-threatening here in the States. But the bubonic plague is not the only disease fleas carry and spread. They also can transmit murine typhus, tungiasis, and tularemia to humans parasitic dermatitis, cat scratch disease, and murine typhus to pets.

Six Flea-Prevention Tips

There are several steps you can take to try to keep fleas away from your property and out of your home:

  1. Install a fence around your yard and garden to keep out flea-carrying wildlife.
  2. Keep your lawn well-trimmed and your landscaping well-maintained.
  3. Identify holes, cracks, and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation. Seal these potential entry points using a caulking gun.
  4. Use flea and tick collars to protect your pets, or talk to your veterinarian about other options.
  5. Make sure your window/door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps are in good working order.
  6. Keep your living areas clean and tidy to deter flea-carrying pests like rats and mice.

How Do I Get Rid Of Fleas In My Aiken House?

Once fleas break into a home, they do not need animals to survive. They will bite you and survive off your blood if necessary. To get these pests out and keep them out, partner with the experts at Aiken Pest. We offer detailed flea control options to help homeowners like you identify, eliminate, and prevent these potentially harmful pests. We also offer services to control wildlife pests that carry fleas indoors like rodents, birds, and bats.

Call us today to learn more about our services and find a time to have your Aiken home treated.