Feeling Itchy? Might be Fleas!

Feeling itchy this winter? With luck it is only due to dry winter air. A less lucky scenario, it is fleas causing the skin irritation!

What many people don’t know is, you don’t have to have a pet to have these pesky critters invade your home.

Wild animals, such as mice, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, etc., can cause a flea infestation in your home. Mice definitely lead this list as they are numerous and find access to your home much easier than most other animals.

Some ways to look for rodent points to your home:

Search the perimeter of your home in fall with a mirror, looking at the bottom side of your siding

Shut the garage door, look at it from the inside searching for light coming through

When fleas populate a mouse colony, disease can become a very deep concern, the worst disease on record being the bubonic plague.

Raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks like to enter the home from the roof. Typically those entry points are on gables; where the soffit reaches the existing predominate roof of your home. A good pair of binoculars and a thorough inspection of your home will help you identify these entry points and put a stop to them before any critters can bring an army of blood feeding parasites to the upper levels of your home.

Finally, rabbits, skunks, and ground hogs are large burrowing mammals that like to make their home under decks or concrete slabs on homes without basements. These nests can cause a subterranean infestation that slowly seeps into your home and causes the infestation again at lower levels of your home, much like mice. Walk the perimeter of your home looking for freshly dug dirt and use a flashlight and search under the deck. A good prevention tip is to use chicken wire behind lattice to create a decorative “rat wall” to keep these critters out of these areas.

Joshua Koenig
Technical Director
Safeway Pest Management Co., Inc.

Safeway Pest Management is licensed, certified, knowledgeable and available to answer any questions or help with treatment of your pest problems, including Fleas. Please call our office at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800.

You can also visit our website at http://www.safewaypest.net


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