Do You Have Fleas in Your Home?

If you have pets that live in your home, it’s not uncommon to experience a flea infestation. Fleas, a type of wingless parasite that feeds off the blood of humans and animals, are generally about 3mm long and coloured brown.

Flea outbreaks commonly occur during Summer months, with higher temperatures providing fleas with an accommodating environment to hatch. Although fleas can survive all-year round and thrive in hot, moist, and shady environments.

If you suspect you have fleas in your home, they can be commonly found in three places around the home. While identifying fleas in your home can be relatively simple, it’s best to trust our professionals at Dentec Pest Management to eradicate the problem.

Three main places where fleas live in your home:

1. Pets

Fleas can feed off the blood of animals, therefore it is necessary to check your pets if you believe you have an infestation. If you notice your pet scratching, losing hair or shaking their head, it is possible they have fleas. It is important that you treat you pets while simultaneously treating your home.

2. Indoors

If you find that your pets have fleas, it won’t be uncommon to find them inside your home as well. Inspect carpets, rugs and floorboards for a flea infestation by simply using a torch to look for live fleas. It is important to also check pet bedding and upholstered furniture for evidence of fleas.

3. Yard

Fleas love outdoor areas that are moist and shady. Check your yard for evidence of fleas, particularly in areas where your pet frequents, under trees and bushes and beneath decks.