What Causes Flea Infestations?

And How Can You Prevent Them?

how to tell if you have a flea infestation

As a pet owner, you’re likely extra aware of the possibility of flea infestations. While you might know to watch the signs for an infestation (an itchy pooch, socks covered in black spots after a trip across the carpet), do you know what causes it in the first place?

Causes of Flea Infestations

Your Yard

Fleas are found outside, often in improperly maintained grassy areas where they can easily hide and hitch a ride on a passing animal. Your unruly yard or an adventure through the fields or woods may be the cause of your dog’s fleas. If you want to limit your animals’ exposure to fleas in your yard, keep it tidy with regular mowing.

Other Animals

Fleas look for a host to feed on, and they’re not particularly picky. If your pup is playing with another dog or cat who is infested, fleas can hop hosts and continue breeding, spreading the problem.

Skipped Medicine

One way you can prevent a flea infestation is to make sure your fur-baby stays up to date on his flea medicine. Set a reminder on your phone or add it in your calendar. It will help Fido and you!

Flea Infestations Are No Match for ExtermPRO.

Fleas aren’t just a problem for your dog or cat. If Fido gets fleas, your home does too, and those fleas can even bite you. For humans, bites will cause red spots surrounded by haloes that are extremely itchy. These bites will most often be on your feet and ankles because the fleas stick close to the ground, but will make their way on the couch or bed if Spot gets up too.

That’s why we are here. ExtermPRO is your neighbor in northern Virginia. When it comes to treating your home for pests, we only use the methods we’d be comfortable using around our own families⁠—pets included. Simply call us today at 571-620-1168 for a free quote for our flea treatments and other services.

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