Are Schenectady Homeowners Without Pets Still at Risk for Fleas?◀ Back To Blog
January 24, 2019
The answer to the above question is, yes. But we wish it weren't so. Fleas are horrible pests. When they get in, they can make you feel like a prisoner in your own home. And pet owners don't have the exclusive privilege of having flea infestations. Fleas are an equal-opportunity pest. If you're seeing tiny cat fleas bouncing around in your house, it may have you scratching more than your ankles, it could leave you scratching your head if you don't have pets in your house.
5 Things Every Resident of New York Should Know About Cat Fleas.
- Cat fleas are the most common type of fleas in the United States.
- Cat fleas don't just get on cats; they get on dogs and other animals too.
- Cat fleas don't just bite cats; they bite other animals and humans too.
- Cat fleas don't just come into homes on cats; they come in on dogs and other animals.
- Next to dogs and cats, rodents are the number-one cause for flea infestations.
That last point is what we're going to focus on today. If you're dealing with a flea infestation and you don't have pets (or recently had someone with a pet visit you) it is likely that you have a rodent infestation. If you are nodding your head because you know for sure you have a rodent infestation, then you've already won part of the battle.
When a flea infestation is caused by rodents, it is hard for people to wrap their brains around what is needed to solve the problem. The flea control solutions that work for pet owners fall short when rodents are involved. You can apply flea control products to your home and still have fleas because these products are topical. They don't get into your walls and kill the fleas that are on those rodents.
If you use products that are residual, you may be able to arrest your current infestation but a new infestation can pop up when those products wear off. And the chemicals that are used to kill fleas don't fix a rodent infestation or keep rodents from getting into your home.
Are you battling fleas right now? If you're in the Schenectady area, Thomas Pest Services can give you the comprehensive pest control you need to fully resolve your problem and stop the cycle of infestation. We use EPA-approved products and modern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to solve rodent and flea infestations. Reach out to us for a free estimate, a "flea" estimate that will let you know exactly how bad your flea infestation is and what is needed to get rid of them.