The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Hulett warns that flea populations are on the rise, especially during warmer months.
“Fleas are parasites that feast on any warm-blooded body, including humans,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Fleas and flea-infested animals were the cause of the Bubonic Plague, which wiped out much of Europe during the Middle Ages.” While the plague is an extremely rare disease today, fleas also transmit a bacterial disease, murine typhus, to humans through infected rats. Most commonly, homeowners with flea infestations will find themselves with itchy, painful red bumps resulting from fleabites.
“If a person has a flea infestation, it is time to call a professional pest control company to treat the problem quickly and effectively. If someone has a severe reaction to flea bites, they should take precaution and seek immediate medical attention,” said Henriksen.
Hulett Envionmntal offers these tips to help avoid flea infestations:
- Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations already in existence and discourage egg laying
- Keep your lawn groomed. Untended lawns provide hiding spots and food sources for rodents and other animals that may harbor fleas.
- Fleas hitch rides with mammals on the move, including rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home or on your property, fleas may be soon to follow. Call a pest professional to rid your home of both.
- If you have pets, keep them leashed when outside. Visit a veterinarian annually, bathe and groom your pets regularly, and use flea treatments according to direction.