Date Posted: August 20, 2021
Anyone who has ever owned a furry friend knows about fleas. How much you know about these invasive pests all depends on your personal experience with them. Most pet owners know that if they allow their furry friends to go outdoors, they need to equip them with some form of flea protection. What they don’t regularly consider is that this is not the only way to prevent flea infestations. To help you keep these pet-tormenting pests out of your Connecticut home, here are some things you should know.
Fleas Don’t Just Invade Homes That Have Pets
If you do not have a pet living with you, it doesn’t mean you are safe from the problems fleas cause. Although fleas mainly use our furry friends to get around, they do not need them to invade homes. Another way fleas find their way indoors is on the backs of other pests such as rats, mice, birds, and bats. Once indoors, these larger vermin drop fleas and flea eggs off their bodies, sparking the start of an infestation.
Two other ways fleas get inside are by crawling through gaps and cracks in a home’s exterior foundation and by hitchhiking rides on pant legs and other pieces of clothing.
The Danger Of Fleas
Rats are often blamed for the Black Plague, a disease that killed millions of people in Afro-Eurasia between 136 and 1353. It wasn’t until much later that fleas were identified as the main vector for this deadly disease. In fact, they still spread it today, along with a variety of other serious ailments. They spread these ailments to both people and animals, sometimes putting lives at risk. Thankfully, modern medicine is advanced enough that most flea-borne diseases are easily treatable. This does not mean, however, that you shouldn’t avoid these pests as much as possible.
Some Simple Prevention Strategies For Fleas
There are more than a few strategies to keep fleas from invading your Connecticut home. Here are just a few prevention methods our team of experts recommends you start with.
- Install a fence around your property to keep out wild creatures that could be harboring fleas.
- Keep your lawn and landscaping well maintained.
- Trim back bushes, tree branches, and other greenery around your home’s exterior.
- Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Repair damage to window/door screens.
- Install door sweeps beneath exterior doors leading out of your home.
- Make sure the weather stripping around your home is in good condition.
- Invest in high-quality flea control for your pets.
Indoor Pets Are Not Safe Without Protection
Logic states that if pets live indoors, they do not need protection against fleas. This isn’t always true. As we have established, fleas can get inside in a number of ways. The only way to keep you and your indoor pets safe from dangerous fleas is to get your home the protection it needs to keep these pests away.
The Benefits Of Professional Flea Control
The only way to ensure fleas stay out of your home is to hire the professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions. Our team of dedicated pest technicians is committed to providing homes in the Connecticut area with advanced pest control services. If you allow us, we will get your property everything it needs to combat dangerous fleas and the other vermin they invade with.
Give us a call today or reach out through our website to learn more about our comprehensive options and schedule an appointment for your Connecticut home and property.