How Dangerous Is It To Have Fleas In My Naples Home?
Fleas are a problem for Naples homeowners and all homeowners across the United States, as these pests are found in all 50 states and all types of homes, including those without pets. The problem is, they can be challenging to see, and thus you may not notice a flea problem until it’s grown into an infestation.
Fleas are small but mighty—they range from 0.1 to 0.32 centimeters long— and they feed on the blood of mammals, including people and their pets. Fleas can consume up to 15 times their body weight daily and lift objects to 150 times their weight. They can also jump at heights that, if comparable to humans, would be tantamount to leaping over the Eiffel Tower. What’s more is that female fleas, which have a lifespan of just two to three months, can lay 2,000 eggs during this time, something which can literally make a small “flea problem” turn into an infestation overnight.
Fleas Are Common, But Still Problematic
Fleas are such a common problem for homeowners that many may overlook fleas in the home, especially if only a few are spotted here and there and assume that it isn’t a big deal. But if a flea problem worsens, it can cause discomfort and even bring on health problems.
Flea bites can be itchy and painful, and to alleviate discomfort, those bitten may excessively scratch these areas on the skin. Depending on an individual’s preexisting conditions, further damaging the skin can cause bacterial infections. And even though the likelihood is rare, fleas can also transmit the bubonic plague, an infection that’s mainly spread to humans by fleas infected by rodents, and also murine typhus, a fever that lasts to 12 days.
Signs You May Have Fleas In Your Home
If you have fleas in your Naples home, there are a few telltale signs you’ll want to be aware of, such as:
- Tiny black specs may be on upholstery, clothing, and bedding; flea excrement, also known as flea dirt.
Flea eggs found in the carpet are tiny, white, and round (you may need magnifying glasses to spot them).
You’ll also want to be aware of signs on your body, including:
- Welts and redness that bites may cause.
- Itchiness, especially on the lower legs, ankles, feet, and other areas of skin that are exposed while sleeping.
Tips On Preventing Fleas In Your Naples Home
It can be difficult to eradicate fleas on your own, but you may consider the following three tips to avoid bringing them into your home:
Maintain Your Yard Space Year-round: An untamed yard with overgrown grass and shrubbery, fallen debris, such as leaves and branches, not only attracts fleas but also other pests, like rodents and other wildlife. It provides them with a place to hide and breed. Regularly cutting the grass, pruning the greenery, and cleaning up the yard will offer a defense against fleas and other pests.
Vacuum Regularly: Fleas are hard to see, but it doesn’t help that they prefer to hide in hard-to-see and hard-to-reach places as well. Vacuuming regularly can help remove any fleas or flea eggs hiding in carpeting, couches, and pet beds.
Keep Pets Treated: If you have pets, especially those that go outside, be sure to wash them regularly—baths are preferred, as they can drown pests hidden in your pet’s coat. Finish your pet’s grooming by using a flea comb.
The most effective form of flea protection and prevention is a collaboration between your vet and local pest control professionals. Keller’s Pest Control offers three packages—Best Protection Basic, Plus, and Complete- to meet our customers’ varying needs and pest control solutions.