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Fleas can create immense problems for pets and pet owners. Once they’ve invaded your home, you’ll need to work swiftly and diligently to get rid of them. Failing to do so could lead to big problems in the long run. If you have a pet or wildlife approaches your yard, there is a higher risk that you’re going to experience a flea infestation. Besides being a nuisance, they can create health risks for people and pets. For instance, fleas can transmit a handful of serious illnesses, including plague and typhus. They spread these illnesses by biting their victims. In Baltimore, fleas are common. Therefore, you’ll want to read the guide below and learn how to deal with them.
Which Fleas Are Found In Baltimore?
Unfortunately, Baltimore residents often encounter fleas. Although there are several species in our area, the most common is the cat flea. Adult cat fleas are roughly an eighth of an inch in length. They’re flat laterally so they look thin from above. A flea’s unique shape allows them to easily travel through hair and grass. They slip through your pet’s hair and avoid being grabbed. Since they’re called cat fleas, many people believe they only impact cats but this isn’t the case. These fleas are going to attack a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, foxes, skunks, and more. Even if you don’t have pets, cat fleas may enter your home. Sometimes, they’ll cling to your shirt or shoes.
More About Flea Bites
Fleas can and will bite people and pets. When doing so, there is a risk that your pet is going to experience a variety of problems. For instance, your pet may begin to scratch constantly. They’ll do so when attempting to get rid of the fleas on their skin. Unfortunately, this could cause your dog or cat to experience hair loss. Flea allergy dermatitis is another possibility. The problem has to be taken care of immediately. Failing to remedy it will lead to a larger infestation and more severe risks. In severe cases, pets may experience anemia, severe blood loss, and even death.
They’ll also carry and spread tapeworms.
Preventing Fleas From Invading Your Home
Before fleas invade your home, it is wise to take preventative steps to keep them out. Ultimately, prevention is easier than extermination. Therefore, it is best to prevent them from entering your home. Once they’ve entered, getting rid of them will be tough. The only downside is that you won’t be able to eliminate the risk entirely. You can minimize it though and you’ll want to do that. Below, you’ll find tips for keeping these pests out of your home.
- Be cautious when adopting a new pet. You don’t want to bring fleas into your home so make sure the pet you adopt is free of fleas.
- It is wise to give your pets anti-parasite medication regularly. Use medication that is designed for flea control and prevention.
- Don’t forget to keep your yard mowed. It should never be over 3 inches tall.
- When wildlife approaches your property, never feed them. Fencing your yard is a good way to prevent these pests from bringing fleas onto your property.
- Defend your porch or deck with wire. Barricade it off so wildlife can’t hide underneath your porch.
- Check your pets for fleas regularly. If you find any on their clothes or fur, it is time to call a professional.
- Properly wash your pet’s clothes and bedding regularly.
- Your carpets and furniture need to be vacuumed often.
You can’t keep all fleas from entering your home. There will always be a risk that they’re going to find a way to enter. When you suspect or know you have fleas, contact our office. We’ll work quickly to get rid of these pests for you.
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