Fleas are still very much a threat around Greenville, SC, causing problems for pets and their owners alike. The pleasant, cooler weather is an immediate breeding aphrodisiac for many species of flea. That, coupled with increased rainfall and moisture retention, will combine to create a “flea surge” over the next few weeks.
Fleas are best known for causing red, itchy rashes indiscriminately on people and pets. What many people don’t realize is that the tiny flea can pose significant health risks to the individuals they bite. In fact, bubonic plague, cat scratch fever, and tularemia are only some of the serious illnesses that can be contracted from these minuscule pests.
Pets are particularly at risk for flea infestations due to their extended outdoor activity and warm fur that is perfect for breeding and burrowing. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your furry friends from flea infestations throughout the fall season.
Reduce Your Risks
To keep fleas out of your pet’s fur, use a combination of the following tips.
- Reduce the time your pet spends out-of-doors.
- Keep grass, bushes, trees, and other greenery well-trimmed and away from the sides of the home and pet areas.
- Once you’ve groomed the yard, it’s time to groom the pets! Brush and trim long hair, bathe them frequently, and do your best to keep beds and blankets clean as well.
- If you think preventative flea and tick medications would suit your pet’s needs best, consult with your veterinarian to decide on the best option.
If your pets still bring home these blood-sucking pests, you will need to move from preventative measures to a full-frontal offensive quickly.
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When fleas strike, the first impulse for many homeowners is to attempt DIY methods of protection. However, many of these techniques are expensive, ineffective, or even counterproductive. If you need help with a flea infestation of any magnitude, professional pest control services are always the best and most cost-efficient method of insect protection for both you and your pets. Call the friendly professionals at Spencer Pest Services today to start the pest control process and choose a package plan that’s right for you.
From the Essential Package to the Complete Package and packages in-between, Spencer has everything you need to defend your home from invading pests now and in the months to come. Reach out to us today and start enjoying the last weeks of outdoor summer fun.