16 Dec How Did I Get Fleas In My House?
Fleas are a common pest in the home, but how do they get inside? Fleas can be carried into your house on pets—but they can also make their way in through your own clothing, bedding, or even furniture. In this article, we’ll explore how fleas enter homes, how long it takes for an infestation to occur once one flea has entered your home and what you should do if you find yourself battling an infestation of these pesky little bugs.
fleas can get in your house without the aid of animals
It’s not just pets that can bring fleas into your home. Fleas can also be brought in by luggage, furniture and clothing. They can get in through the cracks around windows and doorways or even through small openings in the siding of your house.
fleas live up to a year without food
Fleas can live up to a year without a meal. They survive on the blood of humans and other animals, but their survival isn’t dependent on it. In fact, fleas can survive for up to a year in a dormant state by simply staying put in your home or yard until they sense an animal nearby. Once this happens, the flea will jump onto its host and feast away until it’s ready to hop off again when the opportunity presents itself!
female fleas produce 30 eggs per day
As you’ve probably noticed, fleas have the uncanny ability to lay eggs in your home. And these are no ordinary eggs—they’re super-fast-growing, ready to hatch into larvae that can grow from a quarter of an inch long to over half an inch in just a few days.
They also have an appetite for blood; once they’re hatched, the young larvae dive right into your pet’s skin for their first meal. They then go through several stages of development before becoming pupae (or cocoons), which are basically hives made out of silk that protect them while they transform into adult fleas!
fleas respond to heat and carbon dioxide
Your pet’s bedding, clothing, and other items that have made contact with your pet are also likely to be infested with fleas. You may have brought the little buggers home from a walk in the park or from a neighbor’s yard.
Flea eggs can be found in carpeting and furniture cushions where they hatch into larvae that burrow into the fibers of your furniture. If you have pets that spend much time outdoors (such as dogs), check their bedding once you bring them indoors at night to ensure it is not carrying an infestation of these tiny pests.
If you live in a warm climate or if you tend to leave windows open during warm weather, you should consider placing screens over all open windows and doors since this allows for greater access by adult fleas looking for hosts on which they can lay eggs—including small children who might not notice them crawling on their skin because they’re so small!
you will see new adults emerge after a week or two
The adult flea doesn’t need to eat for a year. That’s why it’s so hard to get rid of them, especially since they tend to live in places with high humidity, like the carpet and under furniture. They emerge from their cocoons about a week after you start treating your pet for fleas, but if you don’t treat your house properly, they’ll keep coming back.
If you want to know how to get rid of fleas in your house with minimal effort and expense, read on!
sometimes infestations occur as a result of having a pet
The most common reason for fleas in your home is having a pet. Fleas are small insects that live on the fur of animals and jump off to bite humans or other mammals. They reproduce by laying eggs that hatch into larvae that live in carpets, bedding and furniture. The larvae feed on organic matter like dust bunnies, hair and dead skin cells.
In addition to pets, fleas can also make their way into your house without the aid of animals—for example: if you have an outdoor cat who likes to sleep indoors once in a while, or if you bring home used items (such as furniture) from someone else’s home. If you have these things around your house but not an animal living there full time (or ever), then fleas could still gain access easily enough through cracks under doors or windowsills where they might congregate during warmer months when it gets too hot outside for them to survive comfortably anymore!
Fleas can be an issue, even if you don’t have pets.
It is important to remember that fleas can be an issue, even if you don’t have pets. Fleas can come in on your clothes, shoes and other belongings. They can also live in your carpet, furniture and bedding. Additionally, they can enter your home through windows and doors; they may even live in your yard.
To prevent flea infestations from occurring inside your home:
- Vacuum frequently (vacuuming will kill the fleas)
- Wash sheets weekly in hot water (this will kill any eggs)
So, there you have it. Fleas can be an issue, even if you don’t have pets. They can get in your house through various means, such as outdoor pets coming in and out. And they can even survive for long periods with no food! So how do we stop them? Well, first of all make sure there are no fleas on your pet or other animals in the house. Also try vacuuming regularly to keep up with any eggs or larvae that may be laying around (you may need a special vacuum cleaner). Finally – if all else fails – call an exterminator!