Flea Identification & Prevention

Your Guide To Flea Infestations

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Dealing with a flea infestation isn't easy – only professional flea control can help you totally eliminate any invasions of these pests.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fleas

What are fleas?

Fleas are pesky parasitic insects known for their impressive jumping ability, small size, and preference to live in the fur of animals, feeding off their blood. Fleas are prolific, and infestations of these pests often grow out of control very quickly, especially if you don't take proper precautions. The best way to get rid of fleas and prevent them from taking over your property is to contact Westfall's Lawn and Pest the moment you suspect fleas are invading.

Are fleas dangerous?

Even though fleas are small, they bring major problems with them. Flea bites are itchy and annoying and can trigger allergy issues in certain individuals. Fleas also transmit a number of unpleasant illnesses with their bites, including cat-scratch fever and murine typhus. Humans may pick up tapeworms from fleas, and animals that receive flea bites run the risk of heartworms, tapeworms, allergic reactions, and anemia, which can lead to fatal consequences when untreated.

Why do I have a flea problem?

Flea problems typically start when they find their way to your property on the back of your pets or a wildlife critter that invades your property. Once a few fleas make their way to your outdoor or indoor areas, they quickly locate hosts to feed off of and start reproducing, resulting in a major infestation in no time. Flea prevention is the best way to stop a flea problem from occurring.

Where will I find fleas?

In exterior areas, fleas tend to hide in long grass, around piles of debris, or on any wild animal that might be hiding on your property. Inside, fleas tend to live in the fur of animals like cats and dogs or invade fabrics, carpets, and clothing.

How do I get rid of fleas?

Get rid of fleas by reaching out to Westfall's Lawn and Pest at the first sign of these insects on your property. We'll help you address areas that might encourage flea infestations and effectively eliminate active flea infestations from your property so you, your pets, and your loved ones can reclaim peace from these pests.

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

Stop flea infestations from reoccurring in the future by following our expert flea prevention tips below:

  • Take steps to ensure wildlife can't easily enter your property and drop off fleas, starting an infestation. Fences and prevention tactics help with this.
  • Cut down long grass around your property and remove piles of organic debris or abandoned woodpiles around exterior areas.
  • Make sure any pets on your property use a veterinarian-approved flea prevention medication.
  • Check cats and dogs regularly for signs of fleas by combing and bathing them, and take steps to ensure they don't pick up fleas from outdoor areas.
  • Wash pet bedding frequently to eliminate any fleas that might have made their way inside unnoticed.
  • Vacuum, dust, sweep, and clean upholstery often, as this helps to remove any fleas or flea eggs that might be left.

If you have more questions about flea prevention or need assistance eliminating infestations of fleas from your property, contact Westfall's Lawn and Pest. Our team of pest professionals will keep fleas far away from your home or business, so you don't need to worry about combating these pests all by yourself.

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