Fleas: Not Just "Man's Best Friend's" ProblemNPMA Staff
Friday, March 13, 2009
By NPMA Staff
Television commercials frequently tout the importance of
protecting household pets from fleas. However, protecting the
health of those family members who care for household pets is of
equal importance. Fleas, which commonly appear in warmer months,
feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body, thus posing a potential
risk to the health and well-being of families within their own
"Although, fleas are often associated with household pets, these
pests can certainly affect human beings," says Missy Henriksen,
vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "Frequently, flea bites
are itchy, unsightly and may cause allergic reactions in humans.
With the recent increase in flea calls to pest control companies,
it is important to protect your family from these potential health
NPMA experts offer these tips for help avoid flea
- Clean and vacuum your home frequently to remove existing flea
populations and prevent the laying of eggs.
- Be sure to keep your lawn well groomed as this can thwart
rodents, who are often flea carriers, from finding hiding spots and
food sources so close to your home.
- Fleas tend to travel with mammals on the move, including
rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home, fleas may be
soon to follow. Call a pest professional to rid your home of
- To protect your pets, keep them on a leash when outdoors. Be
sure to bathe and groom your pets regularly.
- Have your pets visit a veterinarian annually and use flea
treatments according to directions.
"If you suspect a flea infestation in your home, be proactive in
treating the problem and contact a licensed pest professional to
rid your home of fleas and to prevent future infestations," advises