Fleas thrive in the high humidity of our San Antonio area. And while we commonly think of fleas as a parasite that feeds on cats and dogs, they also feed on coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and on the mice and rats that commonly invade San Antonio homes and businesses. Let’s take a look at how you can avoid flea problem in San Antonio by tracking how fleas get into your home in the first place.
Wild Animals — When animals come into your yard, they can drop flea eggs as they roam. While you probably don’t get too many coyotes in your backyard, squirrels, raccoons, and opossums are probably common. Everything you do to resist wildlife activity will help you reduce fleas in your yard and reduce the risk of exposure for your pets when they go outside.
Mice and Rats — Whether you have pets or not, a flea infestation can break out in your home if mice or rats are getting in. If you have furry family members, mice and rats can expose them to fleas and they can spread those fleas around your home or bring them right into your bed. Keep fleas out of your San Antonio home by doing routine inspections of your exterior walls and foundation. If you find gaps, cracks or holes, fill them in to keep rodents out.
Dogs and Cats — When your pets go outside, they can bring fleas back in with them, bypassing your exterior and any pest control measures you have taken to keep pests out of your home. Use these tips to prevent this from happening:
- Get veterinarian-prescribed flea collars for your pets if appropriate.
- Consider building a fenced-in recreation area for your dogs if you don’t have one.
- Do routine checks of your pets.
- Clean pet bedding regularly.
If you keep wild animals out of your yard, rodents out of your home, and take measures to safeguard your pets, you can reduce your chances of having a flea infestation, but for the best protection possible, we recommend exterior treatments. These should be performed by a licensed and experienced service professional. A professional knows what products to use and in what amounts to apply them so that pests are controlled around your home without impacting the health of your family.
Do you live in the San Antonio area? Consider residential pest control service from Romney Pest Control. Our 6-point control process will give your exterior the protection it needs to reduce a wide range of Texas pests, including fleas. Drop us a line and get started today!