The unseasonably warm, wet weather in our area coupled with a rise in the rodent population has caused flea infestations to surge. While fleas are most commonly associated with the family pet, they shouldn’t be overlooked by humans since they can pose serious health problems. Fantastic hitchhikers, fleas are always looking for warm-blooded hosts to attack and can transfer bacterial diseases through their saliva.
Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious Flea Alergy Dermatitus in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.
Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. Keep your lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. It is important to hire a pest professional to rid your home of rodents and fleas.