Why Are There Fleas In My Reno Home?

This is a common question that gets asked in Reno, quickly followed by, "How do I get them out?" Fleas are small, dangerous parasites that can cause a lot of problems, so it makes sense homeowners in Reno want to get them out as soon as possible. If you find tiny dark red or brown bugs with strong back legs for jumping, it’s likely you have a flea infestation that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. 

flea under a microscope

How Dangerous Are Fleas? 

Fleas are amazing creatures; they can jump up to 150 times their own height and a single flea can produce up to 2,000 offspring in their 100-day lifespan. That in and of itself is a major problem. One flea can lead to thousands in a matter of months — and it’s never just one flea. 

But it’s not just their numbers that are cause for concern. Fleas feed on warm-blooded animals, including people. In doing this, they transmit diseases to their hosts such as the rare bubonic plague or more common murine typhus or tapeworms. Advanced infestations can even lead to anemia or secondary infections. 

The bites alone are enough to send many people and pets up the wall. Often the first sign people have of fleas is a pet that is scratching uncontrollably, or losing hair, or covered in bites. This discomfort is no small issue as infestations grow. Other signs of fleas include bites on your feet and legs, small black specks, or tiny white eggs often found on pets or pet bedding. 

Where Do Fleas Come From?

A lot of people assume fleas come from pets. While this is often the case, pets are not a flea’s sole ride into a home and even homes without pets are not immune to flea populations. Fleas reside in shady overgrown areas and can jump great distances to latch onto a passerby’s shoes, pants, or belongings to hitch a ride inside. They can also travel on the backs of wildlife near your home. Raccoons and skunks prowling in your garbage cans can leave fleas or flea eggs behind. Even worse, rodents who have found entry points into your home may be bringing fleas directly inside with them. So, while homes with pets are more likely to attract fleas, they are not the only ones to suffer from flea infestations

How Can We Prevent Fleas?

There are a few ways to prevent fleas and they all center around the same three factors: flea prevention for pets, general housekeeping, and reducing wildlife presence.

Pets: You can do a lot to minimize your risk of fleas by working with your veterinarian to maintain year-round flea control. It’s also important to groom pets and clean their bedding regularly.

Housekeeping: Fleas reproduce and spread quickly. You can help minimize this by cleaning, vacuuming, and changing bedding frequently to remove active populations as well as eggs. Steam cleaning furniture is also a good idea.

Wildlife control: To minimize fleas being brought into your home by wildlife, it is important to take steps to limit your exposure. You can do this by raking leaves, weeds, and other debris where both fleas and wildlife hosts can hide near your home. Also, limit attractions for wildlife by covering trash cans, removing bird feeders, and picking up pet food. 

Anyone who has ever suffered a flea infestation can attest that these small steps are a minor nuisance when compared to a flea population in your home. Preventing fleas in the first place is far easier and more likely to be successful than getting rid of them once they’ve established a presence. 

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Fleas?

While prevention is the best method, there are times it doesn’t work. If fleas have made it into your home and look like they are there to stay, it’s time to call the professionals. At Natura Pest Control, we offer effective pest control solutions while focusing on delivering unparalleled customer service. We go above and beyond expectations and provide advanced treatments you can count on that also use the smallest environmental footprint possible. We can meet your unique pest control needs using green methods and organic products. Call today to find out more about our flea control options.

 

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