Is It Dangerous To Have Fleas In My Wilmington Home?

Flea jumping on human skin

Some pests are more dangerous than others. Just look at cockroaches. There is nothing about this insect that makes you feel safe or secure. Mice on the other hand are kept by many people as pets and can be perceived as cute. Despite this, they are one of the most dangerous pests in America. But just how dangerous are fleas here in Wilmington?  If you have never taken a moment to look deeper into the problems these pests pose, today is your day to do just that.

How Common Are Fleas?

Fleas are a common pest here in Wilmington. One thing you should know about fleas is that they rarely get into homes without help from a host; most often they hitchhike on the backs of dogs and cats. If your home is susceptible to rodent invasion, fleas can also use these smaller furry problem causers to invade. 

There have even been some cases where fleas used bats and birds to ride into homes. Your home’s chance of a flea infestation all comes down to a few factors: how well-sealed is your home, how protected are your pets, and how likely are rodents and other wildlife to attempt invading?

We should mention that fleas can get inside without the help of an animal by crawling through a crack, gap, or opening in your home’s exterior. This is just rarer, however, as it requires these pests to live without a host and the food they provide for however long it takes to invade.

Are Fleas Dangerous?

Just because fleas are incredibly small and hard to spot does not mean they don’t pose risks to your health. These parasitic insects are known for spreading a wide variety of disease-causing organisms to both humans and animals. 

Some of the most common diseases these pests transmit include the bubonic plague, murine typhus, tularemia, and tungiasis. One thing you should keep in mind is that although fleas live primarily on animals, they will take any opportunity they can to feed, and you’re no exception.

Some Ways To Prevent Fleas

Our goal is to help you protect your home from dangerous fleas. If you have the time and energy to prevent these pests on your own, here are some helpful precautions to take around your Wilmington property:

  • Install a fence around your yard and garden.
  • Fill holes around your property.
  • Remove clutter and debris from your property.
  • Store woodpiles, lumber, and other construction materials at least 30 feet from your home’s exterior.
  • Keep your grass cut short and your landscaping well-maintained.
  • Use a caulk gun and some steel wool to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  • Repair damage to shingles, siding, and your home’s chimney.
  • Make sure weatherstripping, window/door screens, and door sweeps are all in good condition.
  • Address moisture problems in and around your home by fixing leaks, repairing broken gutters, and using a dehumidifier inside.
  • Invest in quality flea and tick prevention for your outdoor pets.
  • Clean your home regularly and thoroughly.
  • Avoid feeding your pets outdoors and clean out their food and water dishes before going to bed at night.

You Best Solution To Handle Fleas

Preventing fleas on your own is a difficult task. To make this job easier for you turn to the professionals at Jay Taylor Exterminating. Our team has the industrial-grade equipment and treatments needed to effectively prevent fleas and the pests they invade from your Wilmington home.

With over 75 years in the pest control industry and thousands of happy customers, you can be sure we are the right choice for you and your home. Contact our team today for any questions about our flea elimination and exclusion services or to schedule your home for a detailed pest inspection.