3 Dangers of Fleas

flea-63043_640Fleas are such small insects that they are difficult to see. Many people do not think much about them other than thinking they are annoying and difficult to deal with. However, it is important to take the steps to protect you, your family and your pets with fleas. You can end up with a flea infestation even if you do not have any pets. There are three dangers that fleas can cause.

1. Fleas Can Make You Sick

One of the dangers is that fleas make people sick. They can cause a number of serious illness including tapeworms and the bubonic plague. Another illness they can spread to people is typhus. While fleas will not live on people, they can still spread the illnesses through their bites. The tapeworms are difficult to catch because you must ingest an infected flea to get them, but young children are more susceptible if there is an infestation in your home.

2. Fleas Can Make Pets Sick

Fleas can make pets sick in a number of different ways. Both dogs and cats can end up with catch scratch fever, as well as tapeworms. If the case of fleas is serious enough, it can make you your animal anemic, and listless. Hot spots can develop and turn into sores that will need serious medical attention. It is important to act quickly if you think your pet may have fleas.

3. Fleas Can Cause Allergic Reactions

While most people just have to deal with itchy flea bites, some people can have a more serious allergic reaction to a flea bite. If you have difficulty breathing or feel like your throat is beginning to close, you should seek medical attention right away. If the bumps swell or become extremely itchy, you can also check with a doctor to see if there is any medication that you can take to help with the itchiness.

Protect Yourself from Fleas

The best way to protect yourself from fleas and the hassle that they cause is to use preventive measures. One is to protect your pets by using a flea collar. Other options are drops that are applied to their back or an oral medication that they take once a month or quarterly. This will stop fleas from making a home on your pet. You can also treat your yard to prevent fleas. These treatments can also protect against mosquitoes and ticks and help protect your entire family from accidently bringing fleas into the home.

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