Flea Season Returns to Jacksonville - What You Need to Know
July 19, 2019
Floridians don’t really get a season off from pests, but summer definitely sees an increase in their numbers and activity level. Most pests love hot, humid weather, and as everyone knows, Florida has that, in spades. One pest that thrives during Florida summers is the flea. As flea season returns to Jacksonville, here’s what you need to know.
Why Fleas are Bad News
If you’ve ever had experience with fleas, you know how annoying they can be. For starters, it’s pretty gross to see them hopping around in your house. Then, of course, there are the itchy bites they cover you in, usually at night while you sleep. If you have pets, fleas are sure to make them miserable too.
However, there is more to fleas than just the annoyance factor. Fleas can actually cause several health concerns for both humans and pets. While their bites don’t usually cause illness, secondary infections can occur if you break the skin while scratching at them. Furthermore, while rare for humans, fleas can transmit tapeworm.
The ones most likely to be affected by a flea’s ability to transmit tapeworm are your pets. Fleas cause all kinds of problems for them. Beyond the scratching and biting at their skin, which can lead to sores and hot spots, some pets end up with anemia due to flea bites.
What to Do if Fleas Invade Your Jacksonville Home
Trying to get rid of fleas often feels like an exercise in futility. You see an improvement and think you’ve accomplished your mission, only to see a resurgence in their numbers a couple of weeks later. While prevention is the best option, sometimes you do up with fleas in your home. When that happens, the best course of action is to call Lindsey Pest Services.
While DIY treatments abound, they can be dangerous because of the chemicals involved. Doing things like vacuuming and washing bedding, while helpful, won’t eliminate your problem completely. These actions can often kill the adults but leave the eggs behind. Lindsey can treat for fleas at all stages of development so that all of them will be taken care of and you won’t need to worry about fleas coming back in a week or two. Contact us to learn more.
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