Why Do I Have Fleas In My New Jersey Home?

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A flea or two in your New Jersey home can quickly turn into an overwhelming infestation. It's crucial to avoid flea bites and diseases and understand how to get rid of fleas in your house – New Jersey pest control can help you with this.

How Can I Tell If It's Fleas In My Home?

It can often be hard to determine whether or not the biting pests in your home are fleas, especially when a flea is so tiny and easily avoids detection. Besides checking your pets and pet areas for visible signs of this small, dark-colored insect, you can look out for the following indicators that a flea infestation is underway in your home:

  • Rust-colored staining may appear on beds, furniture, pet areas, and carpets.
  • You may find flea dirt around your home; this appears black in color and turns reddish when in contact with moisture.
  • Your pets are itching excessively for seemingly no reason.
  • Pets in your home may lose hair and have small itchy bumps appear on the neck, ears, and abdomen.
  • The humans in your home may also be getting itchy bumps due to flea bites.

How Dangerous Is It To Have Fleas In My House?

While the flea is not the most dangerous pest to have initially, as their bites are not venomous, infestations of this pest can quickly become overwhelming and result in hazardous consequences. A flea infestation brings a serious risk of flea diseases as they can transfer these diseases to the pets and humans in your home. Illnesses you may contract from flea bites include:

  • Cat-Scratch Fever
  • Bubonic Plague
  • Murine Typhus
  • Tularemia
  • Parasites (such as tapeworms, this can happen to humans and pets)
  • Heartworms (this occurs in pets)

Additionally, flea bites can trigger allergies in both humans and animals, and too many flea bites on pets can result in lethargy and blood loss – this is something that potentially has fatal consequences.

How Did Fleas Find Their Way Inside My Home?

The most common way fleas get inside your home is by hitching a ride in on your pets. Cats and dogs will generally pick up fleas while they spend time outside or in dog parks (where the fleas can come from other animals). It is crucial to work with your vet to implement a flea prevention plan for your pets, as this will decrease your risk of flea infestation.

Other common ways for fleas to get inside your home are by purchasing and using second-hand furniture and fabrics. They can also come in on the clothes or bags of someone who visits a house with an ongoing flea infestation. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Fleas And Keep Them Out?

If you want to know how to get rid of fleas in your house for good, you should reach out to Heritage Pest Control. Our experts will be able to identify your major flea problem areas and will work with you to eliminate any active infestation of this pest by customizing treatment solutions to your home's exact needs.

Combined with proper precautions and flea preventive care from your vet, the flea treatments offered by Heritage Pest Control will be sure to assist you in reclaiming your home and avoiding the adverse health risks presented by a flea infestation.

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