Fleas don’t fly – they jump from one place to another. They can jump as high as 20cm vertically. If a flea jumps on your pet, it starts feeding within five minutes and can suck for up to 2.5 hours. Female fleas can consume up to 12 times their own body weight. Also, a single flea can live on your pet for two months.
Most pet owners are reluctant to consider the idea of a flea infestation. Fleas don’t just affect pests – they can pose harm to humans, too. That’s why controlling fleas is important.
Fleas are known to spread the bubonic plague. Moreover, they can transmit murine typhus, a bacterial disease, through infected rats. Their saliva causes flea allergy dermatitis in pets. Their debris, on the other hand, can cause the same allergic reactions in humans. Flea bites cause itchy, red and painful bumps. They can cause anaemia and transfer tapeworms in pets, which is why active flea management is a crucial component of good pet care.
Control Fleas with These 4 Tips
Wash all the pet bedding. These include anything that your pets like to sleep on, such as the bed sheets and the bathroom rug. Better throw the items that are not salvageable and buy a new one because even if you wash it, the flea eggs will still hatch.
Since fleas attack humans as well, wash your sheets and upholstery if you suspect that you’re a victim of these blood-sucking pests. Anything that you touch regularly is a vector for fleas; thus, wash all of them thoroughly.
Suck the fleas out of every surface using a vacuum cleaner. While doing this, send your pet outside so the fleas they are carrying will not jump onto the vacuumed surface. To kill off the buggers your vacuum sucked up, stick mothballs or a flea collar into the cleaner. Once you’re done vacuuming or the vacuum bag is full, make sure to seal it and throw it in a covered trash container. This will prevent these bugs from crawling out.
Find a way to expose the dark, moist areas to sunlight. To prevent pets from bringing in the fleas from outside, spread Eucalyptus leaves or cedar wood chips over the affected areas because fleas hate those. You can also place cedar wood chips in your pet’s house or kennel.
Use a flea shampoo carefully. Make sure that it is not harmful to your pet, only to the fleas – so have your vet check it first. Wash the neck first so the fleas do not jump up to the head during the bath. Most importantly, use a fine-toothed combed to remove fleas.
Pets can accidentally bring home these blood-sucking pests. Follow these tips to get rid of these uninvited guests. A professional flea control treatment is deemed necessary when fleas multiply at a shocking rate, especially during warmer months.
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