Fall Flea Control: How To Prevent a Flea Infestation This Fall

Even in the fall and winter, fleas can pose a significant threat to your pets and family. During this time, fleas are on the lookout for a warm place to overwinter. Here are a few fall flea control tips to help protect you and your pets from these biting pests.

Can Fleas Survive the Cold?

When they live outside, fleas aren’t able to survive temperatures colder than 46 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to survive the fall and winter, fleas look for a warm host or a warm environment to overwinter in. Unfortunately, our homes are the perfect winter home for a flea colony.

Fleas are parasites. This means they will need a host animal to live off of. Some of the common animals that are affected by fleas include mice, rats, dogs, and cats. Once a host is found, Fleas hang on for as long as possible. Here they drink blood and reproduce. A female flea lays as many as 50 eggs per day for 3 months.

During the fall, fleas will often hitch a ride on our pets and find their way into our homes. Our warm, cozy homes are a flea’s paradise. Here, they will lay thousands of eggs that will fall off the host animal, infesting our carpet, couches, curtains, and beds.

How Dangerous are Fleas?

Throughout history, fleas have been one of the most dangerous creatures on earth. The bubonic plague of the 14th century, also known as the black death, was the most famous pandemic in human history and it was the flea that transmitted the disease. After all was said and done, the plague killed over 50% of Europe. While the plague is still a threat to humans, it isn’t necessarily a threat here in Kentucky. That being said, fleas still pose a threat to us and our pets. Here are a few of the diseases and maladies that fleas can transmit here in Kentucky.

Murine Typhus

Murine typhus is a disease that has been making a resurgence here in the US. Mostly affecting people in California and Texas, typhus has been slowly spreading further north. Though it hasn’t yet reached Kentucky, it’s important to be aware of this dangerous disease and to know the symptoms.

    Symptoms of Murine Typhus Include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Cough
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Rash

Cat Scratch Disease

Bartonella henselae is a bacteria carried by fleas that causes an illness called cat scratch disease. This dangerous disease is spread from fleas to cats via a bite and can then be transmitted from cats to humans through bites and scratches. Cat scratch disease is a very common disease in cats, infecting over 40% of cats at some point throughout their lives. Symptoms in humans are usually mild but can be extreme. In a few rare cases, cat scratch disease can cause blindness or schizophrenia-like hallucinations.

Mycoplasma haemofelis

Mycoplasma haemofelis is a dangerous disease that is transmitted from fleas to cats. This parasitic bacterial disease drains the energy of our feline friends. Mycoplasma haemofelis causes anemia in cats and can even result in death. While it is rare, it’s possible for this disease to infect humans as well.

Tapeworms

Tapeworms are one of the danger of fleas and just another reason to invest in fall flea control here in La Grange, KY.
Tapeworms are a disgusting threat from fleas here in Kentucky. These parasites are spread to pets and humans through the ingestion of infected fleas. Once transmitted, tapeworms settle into the intestines (or brain) where they eat and grow for years. While they are pretty creepy, tapeworms are usually fairly easy to treat.

How Can I Prevent a Flea Infestation?

Nobody wants to have a flea infestation. Preventing fleas from finding their way into your home is important to the health of you and your pets. Here are a few fall flea control tips to ensure your property stays flea-free throughout the fall and winter.

    Outdoor Flea Prevention Tips:

  • Clean up and remove piles of leaves, twigs, and sticks
  • Trim your trees and shrubs away from your home
  • Keep your lawn mowed short (but not scalped)
  • Remove brush and tall grass away from your property
  • Properly store trash and pet food around your home to prevent rodents and other animals from coming into your property

Once you’ve taken the appropriate measures outdoors, it’s time to turn your attention indoors. Indoor flea control comes down to deep cleaning and persistent inspection. Here are a few indoor flea control tips.
Using a flea comb is a great way to check for fleas on your pets.

    Indoor Flea Control Tips:

  • Vacuum and deep clean any areas that your pets spend time
  • Regularly wash your pets’ toys, beds, and anything else they use
  • Regularly check your pets for fleas with a flea comb

Protect Your Pets With Professional Flea Control

For the best fall flea control, call the experts. Here at Farison Lawn Care, we have the professional flea control services you need to reduce flea populations in and around your yard. Prevent a flea infestation this fall by calling Farison Lawn Care.

Call us today at (502) 245-9422 or get a free quote here.