With Warmer Weather, Fleas Reemerge as a Pest ThreatNPMA Staff
Thursday, April 28, 2011
By NPMA Staff
When temperatures rise, families - including pets - flock
outdoors to enjoy the spring weather. The National Pest Management
Association (NPMA) warns that fleas
can cause significant health and property threats for homeowners
and their pets.
are parasites that feed on the blood of warm-blooded bodies and
have an extraordinary ability to jump, allowing them to move easily
once inside a property.
Although closely associated with pets, as flea saliva can cause
anemia, dermatitis and transfer tapeworms, these pests can cause
significant problems for homeowners as well. Fleas
often infest blankets, furniture and even clothing, while also
reproducing quickly, especially when warm-blooded hosts are
present. Even more, the presence of fleas
- if not brought in from the outdoors - can be indicative of a
secondary pest problem as these pests frequently transport
can pose serious threats to both health and property and as such,
it is imperative that homeowners - and pet owners - be vigilant of
these pests," says Jim Fredericks, technical services director for
NPMA. "These parasites have the keen ability to infest and
reproduce quickly, which makes them difficult to eradicate. If you
experience a flea
infestation, it is essential to address the problem in a timely,
The NPMA offers homeowners the following tips to help protect
their pets from flea
infestations during the spring season:
- Check pets frequently for fleas and flea dirt, especially after
being outdoors. Be aware of any excessive scratching, licking or
- Avoid walking pets in tall grass where fleas often gather.
- Treat your pet's environment: Wash pet bedding, plush toys, and
- Check your pet (and yourself) thoroughly after you have been in
known/potential flea-infested areas.
- If you suspect a flea infestation, contact a licensed
pest professional to rid your property of these unwanted pests
and prevent future infestations.