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Know The Facts About Fleas

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you’ve likely had some outward concern of fleas. Whether it was when you were walking your dog in the park, a visit to the neighbors, or you might even have been concerned about your own backyard being exposed. Whatever the situation, it’s only natural to be concerned about fleas when wildlife is involved. Well, fleas not only pose a threat to your pests, but they pose a risk to you as well. While it’s not as common, fleas do feed on humans. These critters are known for spreading a wide range of diseases in San Antonio.

What Types Of Fleas Are Common In San Antonio?

There are all kinds of species of fleas, but for the people in San Antonio, it is the Cat Flea that causes the biggest concern. These adults are about 1/8 inch long with flattened bodies and give off an extremely slim appearance when viewed from above, unlike bed bugs and lice. It is their unique shape that effortlessly allows them to slip through the hairs of pets or the finger of invading humans. That being said, people commonly mistake this critter for being a cat-only critter. Give the name, you think this to be the case. However, that’s not the case at all. Cat Fleas can attack pets such as well as humans. Heck, they’ll even jump on opossums, raccoons, skunks, and foxes given the chance.

Flea Bites

Flea bites are not only an annoyance for your pets, but they can lead to some adverse situations. They can lead to hair loss, skin irritation, and even allergy dermatitis. This is all usually because of some kind of allergic reaction to the proteins in the flea’s saliva. In the most severe of situations, this is something that can even lead to anemia, blood loss, or death. Fleas even draw tapeworms that will also infect both humans and animals.

Preventing Flea Infestations

As with most critters, you’ll learn about, prevention is the best means. Prevention is not only easier than dealing with an infestation, but it’ll be overly cheaper. Why not say some money when and where you can? That being said, you’ll never be able to completely eliminate your risk of exposure, but there are things you can do to mitigate the risks, which is a huge plus. Here are some tips that you’ll want to apply:

  • Think twice if you really want to get a pet
  • If you are going to get a pet, you’ll need to implement some kind of flea prevention plan
  • Maintain your lawn by mowing it frequently (3 inches of height or less is ideal)
  • Don’t feed wildlife like birds and deers, squirrels, and other wondering critters
  • If you have a deck or porch barricade it off with heavy gauge wire or other material
  • Wash your pet’s bedding and home regularly
  • Vacuum your pet’s bedding and home regularly

You can never entirely eliminate your risk of flea, but just doing a few things to mitigate your risks can go a long way. You’ll be surprised how much money a little bit of prevention could save you. Whether you have questions, concerns, or want to book an in-house assessment, you can give our San Antonio offices a call, as we always have someone standing by.

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