How Fleas In Baltimore Are More Dangerous Than You May Think

July 15, 2021

Just hearing the word flea can make you scratch with disgust. Images of dirty, infested cats and dogs in a swarm of fleas come to mind, which is, quite frankly, a little gross. There are over 2,500 different species around the United States, but the most common type that plagues our pets and homes is cat fleas. These little guys are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. Known for their bites, cat fleas can transmit several diseases, making them one of the most significant pests around.

flea jumping on pet hair

Where Fleas Come From 

Have you ever wondered how a flea infestation starts? They seem to magically appear in huge swarms, but their beginnings are humble. Fleas are commonly known as freeloaders because they enter new environments (i.e. your home) by latching onto mammals, shoes, pants, and blankets. Once inside the home, fleas will usually hide in furniture, beds, and carpeting, as well as hardwood floors, where they may lay their eggs. 

Preventing Fleas From Getting Into Your Baltimore Home

If your pets spend a lot of time outside, a flea problem may be unavoidable. However, there are some preventative measures you can take to keep fleas off of your pets and out of your home. 

  • Treating pets year-round for fleas is imperative. Not only is it crucial for their personal health, but it will also deter fleas from being transported on them. To protect your pets and thus, your home, check pets from fleas after spending time outdoors, wash pet bedding and toys frequently, and speak with a veterinarian about topical flea prevention treatment. 

  • Deterring wildlife and rodent hosts is an added step but since fleas can transport themselves on rodents, keeping your lawn properly landscaped is very important. This can entail mowing the lawn, replacing weather stripping around your home’s foundation and windows, and removing sites of moisture. 

  • Since fleas thrive in dirty habitats, maintaining a clean, sanitized home is key in Baltimore. Vacuum carpets, floors, and furniture frequently, and wash bed linens regularly. 

How To Know If You Have A Flea Infestation

  • A flea infestation is pretty hard to miss, however, there are a few key ways to confirm that you have an infestation:
  • Black specks scattered throughout pet prevalent areas like beds, carpets, and rugs may very well be flea feces. 
  • Incessant scratching, hair loss, and red bumps may mean that you or your pets have been bitten by fleas. 
  • Flea larvae may be deposited in cracks in floors or any nooks and crannies in your home. They tend to lay them in more secretive areas in the home due to the nature of where your pets go. If you have any reason to believe that you have fleas in your home, then they may be flea larvae and not eggs of another kind. It will, however, take a professional to make a proper identification. 

Identifying A Flea Bite

Cat flea bites often cause itchy, swollen red bumps. If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a cat flea, try not to scratch the affected area. First, clean the area with soap and water then use an ice pack to minimize swelling. Then, try applying an over-the-counter topical ointment and consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine. But most importantly, you should seek medical assistance, especially if there is a suspected allergic reaction such as shortness of breath or wheezing. Fleas reproduce very quickly making infestations nearly impossible to control DIY style. If you suspect a flea infestation, contact the professionals at Destroy Pest Control immediately for more advice or assistance. 

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