Without pets, can fleas still infest a home?

Updated on April 16, 2023

Fleas can infest a property even if there are no pets present. Fleas in the absence of pets may sound strange, but they actually occur quite frequently.

There could be a few things going on if you have a flea problem but no dogs in the house.

Fleas can hitch a ride back home on your pant leg or sock if you go for a stroll in a park or other area with tall grass.
Homeless pets from the neighbourhood can leave their pets at your doorstep.
Squirrels, foxes, badgers, rats, and mice are just some of the local rodents that can spread fleas throughout your landscape.
It’s not uncommon for fleas to infest wild animals. Fleas can be brought into your home when people walk through your yard or over your threshold. They can also lay eggs, which will eventually develop into baby birds. Fleas will attach themselves to your clothing and hitch a ride into your home even if you walk through your own garden. Even if you don’t have pets, an infestation of fleas can quickly spread throughout your home.

Facts About Fleas

It takes around a week to a week and a half for flea eggs to hatch. The environment’s temperature is the determining factor. Without a host, a flea can survive for up to four months. If fleas have been abandoned in your garden, they will wait at least this long for you to come by and invite them inside, where it is warm and they can feast on your blood.

However, jokes aside, flea bites are unpleasant and can even be dangerous to your health. Fleas are a major health risk because they spread disease. They can also contain tapeworms, which can occasionally infect people, especially small children. Accidental ingestion of fleas can lead to this infection. In the event of a flea infestation, prompt action is required to rid the area of the pests. In comes Diamond Pest Control.

Stopping Fleas From Infesting Your Home

Now that you know how and why fleas can spread without pets, we’ll go over some preventative measures.

Fleas can be avoided without animals if the area is kept clean.

Maintain a clean home by changing the sheets and vacuuming the rugs and floors on a regular basis.
It’s best to stay out of the tall grass, where fleas love to hang out.
To encourage a healthy lawn and flourishing garden, remember to regularly fertilise and water your grass and plants.
If you suspect a flea infestation, please contact us immediately so we can arrange for treatment. • Empty the vacuum bag outdoors and place the contents in a sealed bag.

A Few Extra Tips For Pet Owners

Here are some measures you may take to keep fleas out of your home if you currently have or plan to acquire a pet.

• Conduct regular flea and flea dirt checks on your pets.
• Pay attention to whether or not they are self-mutilating by licking, biting, or scratching themselves excessively.
Keep your dogs clean by giving them regular baths.
If you have a pet, you should regularly clean their blankets, collars, and stuffed toys.
In order to avoid this issue in the future, regular flea treatments should be discussed with your veterinarian.

The information and advice provided here should help you avoid picking up any parasites. Don’t be surprised if you find fleas even if you don’t own a pet. Everyone is equally at risk.

 

 

 

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