There are a few main rules that every pet owner follows:
- Give your dog food and water
- Make sure they have some toys and bones to keep them occupied
- Provide them with lots of love
- And finally, NO FLEAS!
Even as a non-pet owner, any homeowner can agree that fleas are something you do not want invading your household. Many people however, do not know much about fleas.
A flea has a lifespan of about 100 days. While that may not seem long in the grand scheme of things, a lot can happen during those 100 days. Any female flea during their life can produce anywhere between 400-500 offspring. That’s a lot of fleas!
Fleas move around by finding a host which can be any rodents like mice, or other mammals like dogs or cats. They will also hop on wild animals such as opossums, raccoons, and skunks. Aside from animals, fleas can also make you a host! They can be found on shoes, pant legs, and blankets. Along with painful and itchy bumps, fleas can carry tapeworms, cause anemia, allergic reactions, and are the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague.
So what does that mean for you? All of these moving things allow them to continue to transfer from host to host. This keeps you busy if they were to infest your home because then it is hard to pinpoint an exact location of the fleas.
However, prevention of fleas is something that is quite simple to do. If you are a pet owner, be sure to check with your vet to see what type of flea prevention program you should have your animal on. Even in the colder months, it is still important to maintain the program! You should also be sure to keep your dogs on a leash when they are outside, as well as keep them regularly groomed. Homeowners alike should keep their homes clean and vacuum frequently. By doing this you can prevent any laying of eggs as well as remove flea populations that may have entered your home.
If you suspect that you have a flea infestation in your home and you have animals, then the first step is to take your animals to see the vet and get on a flea treatment right away. After that, give a professional like Epcon Lane a call and we will remove the fleas from your home.