Fleas can be mysterious and incessant pests. If an infestation takes root in your Nashville home, it can plague you for months, and have you expending a lot of energy and time, only to continue to have those fleas bite you and your pets. Why? Because fleas are hard to eliminate, especially if you try to use many of the less-than-helpful tips given on the internet. Today, we're going to take a look at a few of the questions we commonly get about fleas. Hopefully, these will help you make the right decisions when fleas take root in your Nashville home.
"How do you know if you have fleas?"
When you start to find bites on your skin, or you start to see fleas hopping around on your floors, there is no doubt that you have a flea infestation, but that isn't the best time to discover an infestation. It is much nicer to detect them early and have them eliminated quickly. Here are a few tips:
Watch for signs that your pet will give you, such as scratching and restlessness.
If you see little specks that look like pepper, rub the specks with a paper towel. If you see blood on the paper towel, that is flea dirt.
Use a comb to search for fleas and flea dirt on your pet.
Inspect your pet's bedding for the presence of flea dirt or adult fleas.
"What is the cause of fleas?"
Fleas hitchhike into your home on furry animals. If you have a cat or dog that goes in and out of your home, they could have brought fleas in. Fleas may also come into your home on mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, and other wildlife.
"What does a flea bite on a human look like?"
Flea bites tend to be very itchy. If you're being bitten by fleas, the bites are likely to be inflamed, and they may have a scab in the center. These bites will be random on the skin and are likely to be on your feet, ankles, or lower legs.
"Are fleas dangerous?"
It depends on the flea. If a flea has been exposed to a pathogen, you can become sick from a flea bite. You can also become sick from a pet that has been exposed to fleas. Be cautious about allowing your pets to lick you if they have fleas.
"Why are fleas so hard to kill?"
The reproductive cycle of fleas allows them to emerge over and over again. If you kill adult fleas in your home, new fleas can hatch from eggs or emerge from protective cocoons that are still in your home.
"Does alcohol kill fleas?" and "Will vinegar kill fleas?"
Yes. You can kill fleas with a solution that contains rubbing alcohol or vinegar. You can also kill them with many other natural products, or with soap. But none of these sprays or solutions are likely to arrest the infestation in your home because they treat the symptom, not the problem. Fleas are pernicious. They can emerge over and over again if you don't use a residual product that eliminates them as they emerge.
"What do I do if my house has fleas?" and "How do I get rid of fleas in my house fast?"
Contact All-American Pest Control at the first sign of a problem. Our service team members use EPA approved products that have a residual effect. After your treatment, you'll have months of protection. You'll also be given helpful information on how to prevent flea infestations in the future. There is no better way to deal with fleas. Contact us today to request service.