The Dangers of a Flea Infestation

Dealing with a flea infestation can be extremely troubling. You see, most people don’t think of fleas as pests. After all, this is something that pets deal with, not humans. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

flea infestation scratching

Over the years we’ve seen hundreds of cases where suburban homes become infested with fleas. If you’re currently facing this problem, then here’s what you need to know:

Not just about your pets  

First, you need to understand that flea infestation is far more serious than most people think. It’s easy to disregard this problem. The reason why people do this is because they have very little experience with fleas. Fleas are different to common pests like rats and cockroaches, where people know what they are dealing with.

Now, the reason why this is such a serious problem is that flea bites are extremely unpleasant. You can almost compare them to bed bugs bites. If you’re bitten by a flea, your skin swell up into an angry red bump that itches for days and weeks. Just think about what fleas do to our pets, and you’ll know what you’re in for. What’s more, you’ll more than likely have hundreds of fleas, which means your body will soon be covered in bites.

flea bites

And that’s not all. The really dangerous thing with these common house insects is the diseases they carry, many of which can be completely debilitating. For example, these pests can spread bubonic plague, spotted fever, typhus, and also cat scratch fever. Anyone of these illnesses can seriously impact your life. Not only that, a flea infestation is seriously distressing for pets. Fleas can drive pets loopy and also infect them with debilitating diseases.

Handling a flea infestation

The problem with fleas is that they are seriously difficult to get rid of. This is mostly because of their small size and fantastic leaping ability. With fleas, you cannot simply spray insecticide or set traps. The fleas move around too fast. Even repeatedly vacuuming or washing will have limited effect. Another problem with fleas is that they multiply rapidly. Say your dog comes home with one or two fleas. Well, this can easily turn into a full-blown flea infestation in as little as a week.

washing for fleas

What all of this means is that you’ll more than likely need professional help. The only real way to destroy fleas is with fumigation. In this scenario the affected area is sealed up and fumigated. You also have the option of using heat treatments. This is a relatively new method of pest control where a heated vapour is used to kill bugs. The biggest advantage of this is that no pesticides or chemical are used, meaning there is minimal disruption to your life.

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