U.S. Citizens spend over $50 billion each year on their pets, and a large portion of that money goes toward flea and tick prevention. So, it is no wonder most people associate fleas with pets. But the truth is, fleas are not just a pet problem. You can get fleas in your house, even if you don't have pets. Why? Because dogs and cats aren't the only animals that have fur.
Fleas are parasites. They require a host and continual blood meals to live and mate. But, being as tiny as they are, it doesn't take much of an animal to suit their needs. A flea can find a happy life on a squirrel, mouse, rat, or other tiny animal. And, these are the animals they ride into your home.
If you have been dealing with a rodent issue inside, they could be the reason you have fleas. Rodents chew their way in through moist and decaying wood and scamper around your home, dropping flea eggs as they go.
"But, I don't have a rodent in my house."
If you are sure your home has not been breached by rodents, there is another way fleas can get in: They can ride in on you. Fleas have an impressive vertical leap. Some fleas are known to jump as much as 13 inches. They use this ability to leap onto your pants or your shoes as you pass through your yard.
"How do I keep fleas from getting inside?"
If fleas are traveling in on pest animals it is important to get your exterior walls sealed. Do a detailed inspection and use a caulking gun to fill in any holes you find. Look in your attic and crawl spaces to see if you can find any rodent droppings or nesting. If you do, contact a pest control company and have those animals removed. Once the infesting animals are removed, your pest controller can do an interior flea treatment to kill all adult fleas and their eggs.
If you don't have a rodent infestation, those fleas may be riding in on humans. Have a professional pest control company do a tick and flea treatment for your lawn. Fewer fleas in your yard means less chance of fleas hitching a ride in.
At All-American Pest Control, we know how much of a pain fleas can be. That's why we offer yard treatments for fleas (and ticks) as well as address these biting insects and over 40 other common pests in Nashville with our Perimeter Pest Control. Contact us today to learn more.