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Where Fleas Hide in South Carolina Homes

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a fully grown adult flea feasting inside of the long hair of a south carolina pet

A dog is man’s best friend—unless that dog is repeatedly bringing fleas into the house. Fleas get most of their blood meals from animals, such as dogs and cats, but they can also bite humans and cause discomfort and itchiness. Fleas can also transmit more serious diseases, as well as parasitic worms and other illnesses. Having these bloodthirsty insects in your house is no joking matter, and trying to get rid of them can feel like a never-ending goose chase.

Dogs and cats are usually blamed for bringing fleas into a home. However, dogs and cats are not the only animals that can carry fleas—they will attach themselves to any furry mammal. Often they get into the house via small rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels, or any other mammal intrusion.

 

Where Do Fleas Hide?

You may not notice fleas at first. Often the first thing to appear will be the flea eggs, and you might not know they’re there until they hatch. Once they do, you may see fleas on your pets or may begin to feel uncomfortable bites on yourself. Flea bites are small but incredibly itchy and can last several days.

Fleas are very small pests and are attracted to fur or other fibers. If you have fleas in the house, they will likely be in your couch, in your bed, in the carpets, in pillows… the list goes on. Because fleas are so tiny, they can hide in the cracks and crevices of your house and the smallest corners of your furniture. They can be almost impossible to find!

 

Getting Rid of Fleas

There are several products on the market that claim to eliminate fleas. While many of them can successfully kill adult fleas, they are less successful in killing eggs. While you may find temporary relief from a do-it-yourself approach, you could find yourself fighting them again as soon as the eggs hatch.

Even if you can kill the flea eggs in every crevice of your house, you need to make sure more aren't getting in. If fleas are hitching a ride on mice, you need to address your mouse problem. If you have pets, this process becomes even more complicated, as you need to find a flea product for your pet that works effectively without causing harm to them. Many flea products can be dangerous if mishandled.

Instead of going in circles trying to find the origin of your flea infestation, consider professional assistance. Aiken Pest has years of experience in dealing with pest control. We offer solutions that are safe and effective. When you call Aiken Pest, a licensed professional will inspect your home to determine the factors that are attracting fleas. They will create a treatment plan using professional tools and equipment that will generate much better results than anything you could buy yourself. These products are quick and efficient, and they create lasting results. Aiken Pest will solve your flea problem so that you, and the dog, can stop itching.

 

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