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The Truth About Fleas!

Fleas are no doubt interesting insects. This is even more so true for a pet owner. The people of Washington DC love their pets, and there is nothing wrong with being a dedicated pet owner. It does, however, open one up for some unique threats. As you likely already know, any pet or wildlife is susceptible to fleas. You might not know that you and your family are also susceptible. That’s right! While many just consider the flea to be a nuisance pest, they can pose a serious threat to you and your family. These insects are known for carrying diseases like typhus and plague. Scary enough? It is, but, unfortunately, this is not everything you need to know about these troublesome critters.

The Most Common Type Of Flea In Washington DC

There are literally thousands on top of thousands of different species of flea spread throughout the world. It is, however, only the Cat Flea that you’ll have to worry about in Washington DC. If you thought there was a lot of misinformation about the flea itself, you haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to the Cat Flea. Just look at the name. Because of the name, many assume that this is a critter that only attacks cats of feline breeds. This is not the case at all. The Cat Flea can be on any animal from the skunk to the raccoon, dog, fox, and a whole host of other mammals.

Oh yeah, they’ll also attack humans! The adults of this species grow to be about 1/8 of an inch and have flat bodies that enable them with the ability to slide to finger and animal fur. Now that you know a little bit about the flea itself, it’s time to learn about the bite because this can be one of the most intimidating things about the critter.

Understanding The Flea Bite

Many people know that flea bites. They just don’t know the effects or what they can lead to. Some flea bites might only lead to constant scratching or hair loss, but there are some that can lead to death. That’s right! In large flea infestations, the host can die from anemia or loss of blood. Not only is this troubling, but fleas are also hosts of tapeworms. These tapeworms can be attack indoor pets as well as humans, in rare cases.

Preventing Flea Infestations

It would most certainly be pertinent to prevent a flea infestation before it occurs. The only problem is, this might be much harder than you’d imagine. Whatever the situation, these critters are much easier to deal with in small numbers. Once they invaded a host in large numbers, it can make the situation all that more troubling. Not that it won’t be troubling already because it will be, but when large numbers are involved, there can be the threat of death. That aside, here are some helpful tips that’ll help you along the way:

  • If you are going to get a pet, develop a regular flea prevention routine
  • Think twice about getting a pet if you aren’t prepared for flea prevention
  • Applying regular anti-parasite medication can go a long way to preventing infestations
  • Maintain your lawn properly. 3 inches or lower should be more than acceptable
  • Don’t feed random wildlife, as these critters could already be infested
  • Inspect your pets on a regular basis for fleas
  • Vacuum and wash your pet’s bedding and home regularly

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to completely eliminate your risks of exposure to fleas. This is especially true as a pet owner or a multiple pet owner. Whatever the situation, this is something that we will be more than glad to assist with. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll get right on the case. After helping you eliminate the critters from your home, we’ll sit down with you and help you develop a prevention plan that’ll keep your property flea-free.

You might not be able to completely eliminate the threat of fleas, but it is useless not to do anything. Just a little bit goes a long, long way when it comes to fleas.

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