Why Do I Have Fleas When I Have No Pets?

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For people who aren’t pet owners, often they think they are immune to the worry of ever having a flea infestation in their home. However, while many with pets are at a higher risk for fleas, they aren’t the only ones. If you live and breathe, fleas will be attracted to you. It doesn’t matter if you have pets or not.

How Did Fleas Get In My Yard In The First Place?

Often the first step to a flea infestation in the home is having fleas in your yard. You go outside and the fleas will hitch a ride and end up inside your home. However, while occasionally fleas can literally wander into your yard, in most cases they will be brought there. Unfortunately, you don’t need to have a pet to have fleas in your yard. All wildlife, including opossum and racoons, all the way to your errant neighborhood cat, can carry fleas and bring them into your yard.

Furthermore, fleas enjoy yards with more places for them to hide like shrubbery and longer grass in particular. If your yard fits these criteria, they may choose to stay. This is particularly true as more cover tends to attract the wildlife that fleas need to feed on such as squirrels and rabbits.

Of course, random animals are not the only way people get fleas. You can literally bring them home yourself. Often the biggest culprit of this is second-hand goods. You may buy a couch from someone on Craigslist or some patio furniture on Facebook, but it could come with a few flea friends completely for free.

Spotting a Flea Infestation Without Pets

The real issue is that pets typically allow us to spot flea infestations faster. Humans tend to have random itchiness, so our minds don’t always go immediately to fleas as the culprit. However, when your dog is scratching every five minutes, you tend to suspect that they might have fleas.

This means if you have fleas without pets, it may actually take you a much longer time to realize it. The issue with this is that a few fleas are easily treated, but leave fleas alone for a while and the infestation can get out of control. Furthermore, typically when you have pets the treatment used for fleas (pills, collars, flea shampoo, etc.) can go a long way to limiting the amount of living fleas in your home. Without that, they can basically breed and grow unchecked.

Treating Flea Infestations

The good news is that when it comes to flea infestations without pets, they can be fairly easily treated. For humans that are getting bitten up by fleas, they tend to highly dislike anti-microbial treatments like tea tree oil. If you add a few drops to all your shampoos and body soaps, they will start to leave you alone. This will allow you some relief and time to call the Des Moines pest control experts.

Without having to worry about pets, this means that the pest control experts can deploy the fastest and most effective means in order to remove fleas from your home. Many pest control treatments are safe for humans, but sometimes not so safe for pets. This means they may have to choose other options, but if you don’t have pets, then this just makes removing pests from your home that much easier.

If you live in Des Moines and have a flea problem with or without pets in the home, contact us today. Fleas, or any pest for that matter, are not something you want to leave unchecked. Let Miller Pest & Termite make your home pest-free.