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Can A House Have Fleas Without Pets?

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You May Think It Is Not Possible

Most people associate fleas with domesticated pets. If you have a dog, cat, rabbit, or even a pot belly pick, you will have fleas in your home at some point in time. Unfortunately, that is not the reality when it comes to fleas.

There are situations where you can have fleas in your home even though you do not own a pet of any type. To learn more about this topic, just continue to read our article. It is filled with important information so you can take the right defensive measures to protect your petless home.

How Does a House Get Fleas Without Pets?

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There are many different ways fleas can enter your home, even if you do not have a pet. Fleas like blood and they will feast on human blood when canine, feline or other animals are not in your home. Here are a few ways fleas gain access to your house and make life a little less comfortable for you and your family.

  1. Previous Owners or Renters Had Pets- Not just pets but did not take any measures to kill the fleas that entered the home. When those people and their pets moved out, the fleas simply hibernated until new people moved in. Their flea problem becomes your flea problem.
  2. Fleas Have Invaded Areas Around Your Home- While you may not have a pet, fleas can attach themselves to your clothing and make their way inside your home. Fleas are great jumpers and walkers, so they have the means to jump on your clothing when you are outside.
  3. You Are Too Kind-Hearted- When you let stray dogs or cats stay with you or you feed them, the fleas on their bodies can jump to your sofa, carpeting, and other locations and then hide and hibernate. While you are doing a good deed, your house gets invading fleas.
  4. Wild Animals- Raccoons and other animals that investigate your garbage and home can bring fleas with them. So can those invading rodents that look so cute in the movies but not on your floor. Also, squirrels, skunks, and similar animals can bring fleas close to your home as well.

What Can Be Done About This Flea Invasion?

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Even when you do not have pets, you have to take steps to defend your home against fleas. As you can see, the flea has many methods to get inside your home, and once there, it is up to you to kill them off. Here are some defensive steps to take:

  1. Clean Thoroughly– Not just a simple wipe down but you will need to vacuum your carpeting, bedding, and other items, wash the bedding and clothing. Not to mention cleaning your furniture with the right cleanser and also vacuuming it.
  2. Use Commercial Anti-Flea Products– There are many of these products on sale in your local supermarket or one-stop shopping experience. Just pick the best ones for your home and follow instructions strictly.
  3. Use Natural Anti-Flea Products– If you do not like those commercial products that have lots of harmful chemical ingredients, then turn to natural products to rid your home of those fleas. Salt, borax, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are just some of those natural products that kill fleas and protect your family at the same time.
  4. Call In The Professionals– If you do not have time to handle the problem yourself, there are many professional companies that are great at removing fleas and other insects from your home. Give them a call to ask your questions and get an estimate.

How To Prevent a Flea Infestation

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There are ways to prevent fleas from entering your home. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Maintain Your Flowers and Bushes– Vegetation is one of the fleas’ favorite hiding spots. Keep these cuts back, short, and well maintained to make sure fleas do not find a jumping-off spot in your garden areas.
  2. Keep Your House Clean– Regular vacuuming will kill most fleas, eggs, and larvae so vacuuming, cleaning, and washing your home and its contents is necessary to remain basically flea free.
  3. Do Not Take in Strays– This is going to be a judgment call but if you do not want fleas, then do not make your home and yard inviting or attractive to stray animals.
  4. Keep Garbage Sealed– One thing that attracts wild animals is the smell of garbage. Keep your cans sealed so the odor does not call for wild animals to come by.

Some Final Words

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Even if your home is pet-free, there are still ways for fleas to enter. Just maintain a regular cleaning schedule to help kill off any fleas that dare to enter your abode. Also, use the above information to protect you and your family from any germs or bacteria fleas bring with them.

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