How Dangerous Are Fleas?

How Dangerous Are Fleas?


Fleas are a tough pest to deal with, they are tiny, prolific breeders, seem to appear out of nowhere, and leave itchy bites on us and our pets. But, while they are extremely annoying to deal with, are they dangerous; are they a pest we need to worry about causing serious problems for people and pets? The answer to this commonly asked question is yes! These tiny pests do actually pose some health risks for both people and our pets that make them dangerous to have living on your property or in your home.

Fleas feed on the blood of people and animals; when they bite people or pets, they leave behind a small red welt that is very itchy, and if the person or animal is allergic to the flea saliva, the itching will become even more intense. As a result of the constant itching to try and gain some relief against the intense itch, it is very common for a secondary infection to develop; these infections may even cause pets to experience hair loss. Fleas act as hosts for the larvae of tapeworm. If a person (usually a small child) or pet ingests a flea or parts of a flea, they can develop a parasitic tapeworm infection. Also, if your pet has a very large infestation where the fleas are constantly feeding on their blood, it may cause them to develop anemia, which, if not treated, can become life-threatening.

Fleas are typically more of a threat for home and pet owners during the summer months. Fleas are generally introduced onto our properties by wild animals like squirrels, chipmunks, foxes, raccoons, deer, and other wildlife as they forage for food, water, and shelter. During the summer months, wild animals are more active; this allows them to cover greater distances, leaving behind fleas wherever they travel. The warm humid weather found in summer is also perfect for allowing flea populations to grow very quickly.

Fleas are usually found living outside, but because both people and pets spend more time outside during the summer, there is a greater chance of coming into contact with fleas and introducing them into your home. During the summer months, fleas are usually unintentionally brought into homes on clothing or pets. Once inside of your home, the fleas will continue to feed, breed, and become a huge nuisance and potential danger for everyone in the household.

In order to protect yourself, pets, and household from fleas this summer it is important that if you own pets they are treated under the guidance of their veterinarian with a flea control product. It is also important that you regularly bath them and inspect them for signs of fleas. Inside of your home regularly vacuum and mop your home’s floors especially in the areas of your home where they spend a lot of time. In addition, after you or your children spend time outside, brush off and inspect your clothing for fleas.

If you ever discover fleas on your property, in your home, or on your pets, contact the flea control professionals at Schendel Pest Services immediately; also contact your pet’s veterinarian to have them treated for fleas. At Schendel Pest Services, we never recommend treating a flea infestation in your home on your own. The chemicals used in DIY flea treatments can pose a danger to your family and pets, especially if they are not mixed or placed correctly. The professionals at Schendel provide you with the professional services needed to completely eliminate these tiny pests from your home and help to prevent a re-infestation. Enjoy a flea-free summer by partnering with Schendel Pest Services today!