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Notable Flea Facts
Pet owners and those living near wooded areas should be ready to deal with a flea infestation at any point. While fleas are primarily a nuisance, they can create serious health problems for pets and humans. You need to tackle the issue swiftly or you’re going to experience more serious repercussions. Fleas can transmit dangerous diseases, such as typhus and plague. In addition to this, they can kill your pets. Fleas are common throughout the United States so you may encounter them on your Buffalo property.
Which Flea Is Common In Buffalo?
Several species of fleas can turn your life upside down. However, the most problematic pest species in Buffalo is the cat flea. Many people have misconceptions regarding cat fleas because they mistakenly believe that they only bother felines. Well, this is not true. In reality, cat fleas are going to target humans and other pets. Adult cat fleas can grow up to an eighth of an inch, and they’re flat. If you look at them from above, you may say that they’re the size of a credit card. Their unique size and shape will allow them to easily travel through grass, hair, and fur.
Again, cat fleas will target various animals, including raccoon, skunk, fox, opossum, and dog. They may enter your home even if you don’t have pets.
More About Flea Bites
Flea bites can lead to major risks, including hair loss. If your dog has fleas, he or she is likely going to scratch constantly and this can lead to hair loss. Furthermore, the pet may experience flea allergy dermatitis which is caused by proteins found in the flea’s saliva. If the infestation worsens, you’ll have to take steps to stop your pet from experiencing anemia and severe blood loss. Finally, some flea infestations can lead to death. Don’t play games with fleas because they can transmit tapeworms and kill.
Preventing Flea Infestations
To deal with fleas, it is best to take preventative measures. Keeping them away from your home is the best way to stop them from harming your pets. Once they’ve attacked your dog and have entered your home, getting rid of them will be tough without professional assistance. You cannot eliminate the possibility that fleas are going to enter your home, but you can reduce the risks significantly. Follow the tips below to do that.
- Be cautious when adopting a pet. Make sure the animal is free of fleas.
- If you’re going to have pets, they need to be given an anti-parasite medication regularly. Make sure that the medication is designed for flea control and prevention.
- Keep your lawn mowed. It should never be higher than 3 inches.
- Never feed wildlife that enters your property because they might have fleas.
- Low decks should be protected with heavy-gauge wire to stop wildlife from climbing underneath them.
- Check your pets regularly to make sure they don’t have fleas. If they do, contact your vet immediately.
- Clean your pet’s bedding often.
- Vacuum areas where your pet has been to get rid of fleas and flea eggs.
You won’t be able to stop all fleas from entering your property or home. However, you can stop most of them. To do that, you should be aggressive during the summer. Take care of your pets and make sure your grass is properly mowed. If you find fleas in or around your property, call us. We have been dealing with flea infestations in Buffalo for many years, so we know how to get rid of them quicker than anyone.
Once you’ve scheduled an appointment with us, an exterminator can visit you in 24 to 48 hours.