In Raleigh there have been reported cases of fleas that are resistant to typical treatments. This means that treating your home and your animals just got a lot harder. Many people with this issue have been treating their pets for fleas, and they will end up with a serious flea problem.
Fleas Post a Health Threat to Pets and People
Fleas pose a threat to both animals and people. Pets will suffer the most with the itchy skin as the fleas live on them and will feed multiple times a day. Complications from the flea bites include your pets scratching themselves raw and causing open sores as they attempt to deal with the fleas. This can lead to infections. However, fleas pose an even bigger risk as they can cause many conditions that can seriously harm your pet like cat scratch fever (which can affect both cats and dogs), tape worms and anemia.
Fleas can also pose a risk to humans. While rare, they spread the plague and typhus to humans. They can also cause severe allergic reactions to flea bites. If you have trouble breathing, you should seek medical attention immediately. The itchy bites that fleas leave behind can be annoying.
Dealing with a Flea Infestation
If you find that your pets have fleas, you will need to treat your pets and your home. Flea eggs do not stick to your pet, instead they fall off and the larvae develop in your carpet or in your bedding. The typical flea life cycle defines that fleas can lay up to fifty eggs a day, so it is essential that you take specific steps to stop the infestation right away.
- Treat your pets with a medicated shampoo and a flea comb to remove any remaining fleas that may be on your pet.
- Vacuum your home thoroughly both your carpet and any furniture in your home—including your mattresses.
- Wash your bedding and any other linens or clothing where the fleas may be hiding.
- Complete a flea treatment in your home. Calling a professional can help make this part easy since many flea treatments you buy at the store are messy powders that are hard to clean up.
Preventing Flea Infestations
In addition to treating a flea infestation, you should take steps to prevent it from happening again. Using flea prevention medication s is one of the best steps. If the treatment you have been using previously has stopped working, then you will need to switch to a new one. There are many different options available to you, and you can talk to a vet to find the best one for your pets.
Another option is to spray your yard to prevent your pets from picking up fleas when they spend time outdoors. This treatment is a barrier treatment that can work against mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. It can give you and your family peace of mind and prevent you from dealing with a flea infestation again.