How to Know You Have a Flea Infestation

Not too many situations stir as much squeamishness as a flea infestation in your yard or home. The fact that fleas feed on animal blood alone is enough to cause you uneasiness, but their negative effects don’t end there. Flea bites can trigger skin irritations, allergic reactions, and even anemia in humans. But wait, there’s more! These creepy, bouncing, almost microscopic pests also carry tapeworms that can infest your pet. That’s why it’s important to leave eradicating fleas in St. Paul, MN, to the professionals at Be There Pest Control.

How to Spot a Flea Infestation

A flea infestation is quite obvious in various ways. You’ll see your pets excessively scratching or biting their skin, especially around the base of their tail and around their ears. If this is the case, examine your pet’s fur around their hindquarters, head, and neck for signs like lost fur, reddened areas of skin, or the fleas themselves. In addition, 95% of flea eggs, larvae, and pupae can be found in carpets, rugs, mattresses, and upholstered furniture. A good tactic for spotting fleas in your St. Paul, MN, home is to walk around your house wearing white socks. If you see tiny, black bugs jumping on your socks, you have a flea infestation.

Are Flea Bombs Effective?

The answer is a definite “No.” We don’t recommend flea bombs as an effective solution for flea infestations for several reasons. First, the flea bombs end up coating everything that is uncovered in your home. Uncovered surfaces include children’s toys, furniture, food preparation areas, and so on. In addition, propellants and chemicals from a flea fogger are often flammable. So, be sure turn off all gas pilot lights in your home, including those for your stove, furnace, and water heater. Also of great importance: Flea bombs don’t reach sheltered areas like beneath your appliances and furniture, which makes any attempt to eliminate fleas with a fogger ineffective. Finally, the pupae that are inside cocoons when you use a flea bomb will be unaffected and will emerge despite your effort using a flea bomb.

It is extremely difficult to eradicate fleas without the help of an experienced pest control service like Be There Pest Control. If you fear you have fleas in and around your home, contact us today so we can be there for you fast!

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