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As an Austin pet owner, it would not be unimaginable to think you’ve likely encountered a flea problem at some point. Unfortunately, this jumping pest is running rampant in these parts. Most people don’t realize the actual threat they pose, which is a major problem because many severe infestations have led to death. That being said, the flea is not only a threat to your pet. It is also a threat to your health and well-being. Regardless, it is best to always have some preventive measures in place. At the very least, you need to know how to react when you discover the threat. These are all things that our Austin pest management professionals are here to help with.
Warm, Soft Lighting
Most people know that fleas are attracted to blood and fur. However, most people don’t know they are attracted to warm, soft lighting as well. This is exactly why you can readily trap the pesky pest utilizing soapy water under a night light. All you must do is set out a bowl of soapy water under a night light. They’ll be immediately drawn to the light and get into the water, where they will get trapped and drown. With this in mind, these traps will only be useful for the stragglers. The ones that have already taken up residence on your pets will be likely be settled happily with the home they’ve made on your pet’s body. They will not want to leave these safe and secure conditions unless forced out.
Fleas And The Winter
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the flea. And one of the biggest that is impeding pet owner’s flea prevention attempts is fleas and winter. Most pet owners try to save themselves a few bucks by not using appropriate flea control during the winter months. This can lead to a major infestation in the summer and spring. The reason for this is because your central heating and air system can provide a suitable environment for the parasite year-round.
If you wait around until summer to start treatment, you are going to be months behind. The fleas may have already established a headquarters on your property. Therefore, it is imperative to maintain good flea prevention even during the winter months. This is something we are more than happy and willing to help with.
Fleas Killing Humans
There have been plenty of reported cases where major flea infestations have killed dogs and cats. There have also been reports where they’ve sent some animals to the emergency room. However, there have never been any reported cases when the same can be said for humans. Fleas will bite and infect humans in absence of a furry host. While they have been known to carry and transmit diseases, they are not particularly a threat to the human. This doesn’t mean their presence won’t be extremely annoying because that it will be. Their bites and presence can oftentimes cause severe itchiness and sometimes, dermatitis along with allergies.
Maintain Good Housekeeping
Believe it or not, a good housekeeping routine can help keep your flea problem at bay. If you are constantly laundering all infested items like pet bedding, rugs, carpets, bedsheets, clothes, etc, it will help to keep the pesky parasite at bay. Keep in mind, this is something you’ll want to do in the hottest water possible followed by the hottest heat settings possible. This method of prevention will not only drown fleas, but the heat will help kill eggs as well as larvae.
Regardless of your efforts, you will likely end up needing the assistance of a pest management pro to fully eliminate a flea infestation. Fleas are a major hassle, and we are more than capable of helping you eliminate them. Keep in mind, eliminating fleas and keeping them away will require a joint effort from pet owners and pest management pros. There is only so much we can do, but we will give you the tools to succeed. All you must do is pick up the phone and ring our Austin office.