Almost all dog and cat owners will face a flea infestation at some point. Unfortunately, fleas can be much more than just a nuisance pest that leaves behind an itchy bump when they bite. These tiny critters can actually transmit serious diseases, like Murine typhus, cat scratch disease, Mycoplasma haemofelis and a variety of tapeworms.
Pet owners need to be knowledgeable about common flea myths and what to do when their home experiences an unwanted invasion so that the problem will be solved for good.
Myth #1: I Don't Have a Problem if I Spot Just One or Two Fleas
While it may seem like one or two fleas is not a cause for alarm, this is actually far from the truth. Fleas reproduce at a rapid rate, and just one female flea can lay as many as 25 eggs in a single day. Dog and cat owners often don't realize that 95 percent of fleas are actually hiding in carpets and furniture.
Further, not all fleas are in the adult stage, which is the easiest to spot. Some are still in the egg, larvae and pupae stages. Without a plan to address fleas in all of these life stages, you may be missing a major part of the problem.
The best way to control a flea infestation is to spot it early and take immediate action. That means calling the experts even if you only see a few fleas on your dog or cat.
Myth #2: After I Get My Pet Treated for Fleas, I Won't Have to Do Anything Else
Your local veterinarian can prescribe the appropriate flea medication for your pet that will work to kill any fleas that jump on your pet and come in contact with the medication. It doesn't, however, stop the fleas from multiplying and infesting your home.
Flea medications also don't repel the fleas, so they won't cause the fleas to relocate. You'll still need a pest control specialist to come out to the home to have it treated if you want to completely eliminate the problem.
Myth #3: If I Keep My Pet Indoors, I'll Never Have to Worry About a Flea Infestation
Most pets become infested with fleas after spending time outdoors, but this is not the only way a dog or cat can come in contact with fleas. Humans are also capable of picking up fleas on their shoes or pant legs when walking around outside (or at another individual's house who happens to have fleas).
Once you enter your home, the flea can easily leave your shoe and make a home in your pup's fur. Not long after that, your entire home will become affected.
Myth #4: Fleas Are Not a Problem During the Winter Months
Fleas definitely thrive during the warmer months, but it is a myth that they are not a problem once winter rolls around. A survey conducted by Merial clearly showed 47 states had cats that tested positive for fleas during the months of December, January and February. Furthermore, all of the states tested, minus North Dakota, revealed fleas on dogs. Therefore, you should be on your guard even in the winter.
Because there is a decrease in the number of fleas seen during the winter, it is an excellent time to have your pets treated by a veterinarian and your home treated by an exterminator. You'll have a greater chance of successfully destroying the infestation.
Paffy's Pest Control is ready to help homeowners eliminate fleas and keep them from returning in the future. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact us for help.