If you need flea control for your home, you may be asking yourself, “are fleas dangerous?”
While the question may seem like a simple one, the answer is somewhat complex.
For the average healthy adult person or pet, fleas do not pose a significant health risk.
While fleas do eat the blood of their hosts, they rarely ingest enough blood to cause serious health problems for the people that have been bitten.
However, that is not to say that flea bites are innocuous. If you have ever had the displeasure of being a flea’s snack, you already know that flea bites can lead to serious itching. This itching is even worse in those animals or people who are allergic to flea bites. While itching may not seem like a serious symptom, it leads to scratching. Scratches on the skin’s surface can lead to skin irritation and even serious infections.
In addition, fleas can have a severe health impact on people in vulnerable groups. For example, fleas can contribute to respiratory illnesses. Furthermore, a severe flea infestation can lead to extreme blood loss and anemia in pets with compromised immune systems, underlying illnesses, or other challenges.
Fleas are also capable of jumping huge distances.
A flea can leap several centimetres, which means they can quickly move between carpets and pets, shoes, and socks.
As with most pests, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You can use products to prevent fleas that are either applied to or given orally to your pets. However, they may not be available for all pets. You may be surprised to discover that fleas are not just a problem for your dogs or cats. Fleas can also target birds and even reptiles. Unfortunately, this can make using a DIY flea prevention system even more difficult since some animals will be too small to use flea products designed for larger animals.
Flick has several flea control capabilities for your home!
You can take other steps to keep fleas away from you and your pets. First, you want to keep fleas and ticks out of your yard. Our residential pest control treatments offer a range of services, including yard treatments, which can help keep fleas and ticks away from your home and loved ones.
In addition to getting pest prevention, keeping your yard well-maintained, keeping yard debris and bushes away from your home, and regularly vacuuming carpets and rugs can help you prevent a flea infestation.
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