Where Did These Fleas In My Modesto Home Come From?

February 15, 2021

Fleas love you for what you can give, and not for who you are. Just like a bad friend, all these pests do is take. What do they take? The only logical thing there is for a parasitic pest to take: blood. If you are worried that fleas could invade your Modesto home, or are certain they have already invaded and want to know how they got in, here are a few things you should know.

flea jumping on skin

What are fleas?

Fleas are codependent parasites that rely on people and animals to survive. Because of their small size, these blood-feeding pests are often able to hide and live beneath animal fur without being noticed. If you have ever owned an outdoor cat or dog, you have probably dealt with fleas in the past. You know how much they make your furry friends itch, and how unpleasant their bites can be when they turn their aggression to humans. 

How do fleas get into homes?

Fleas get into homes in one of three ways. They could either ride in on one of your pets, hitch a ride on an invading rodent, or crawl in by themselves. Although these pests like to live on a host, it is not uncommon for them to hop off and live inside carpets and other fabrics that resemble fur.

Are fleas dangerous?

Some animals are dangerous because of what they take from you; fleas are dangerous because of what they give. These small parasitic pests are known for carrying and transmitting dangerous diseases. Some of the most common diseases these pests spread include the bubonic plague, murine typhus, tungiasis, and tularemia.

Prevention Tips For Fleas

Fleas don’t always invade by themselves, but also come inside on the backs of wild animals and pets. This is why it is so important to cover a larger range of pests when thinking about prevention. Here are some great places to start:

  • Keep your lawn well-trimmed

  • Cut back bushes and tree branches at least five feet from your home’s exterior.

  • Reduce clutter and eliminate debris around your property.

  • Install a fence around your yard and garden areas.

  • Seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun and some steel wool.

  • Make sure window/door screens, weather stripping, and door sweeps are in good repair.

  • Fix leaky piping, fixtures, and heating and cooling units around your home and property.

  • Clean out your gutters and make sure they are in good repair.

  • Use a dehumidifier indoors to keep moisture levels down.

  • Repair damage to your home’s siding, shingles, roofline, and chimney.

  • Make sure your chimney is equipped with a rodent-proof cap.

  • Invest in high-quality flea and tick collars for your outdoor pets.

  • Keep your home clean and vacuum carpets often.

Your Best Answer To Flea Problems

There are very few pests as difficult to eliminate as fleas. Once inside homes, these pests spread everywhere, hiding in places that are hard to reach and even harder to treat. If you suspect your home has a flea problem, your best option is to let the professionals at Peace of Mind Pest Control know. We do not take flea infestations lightly. Knowing how dangerous these tiny pests are, we put in the time and effort needed to handle problems right the first time. 
 
If you are looking for a high-quality solution to pests at a price that won’t break your bank, we are your best choice. Reach out to us today to learn more about our detailed flea control and schedule a comprehensive inspection for your Modesto property. 

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