As if being bitten wasn't enough of a reason.
Fleas can transmit disease organisms for bubonic plague, murine typhus, tularemia and tape worm.
Over time, fleas can render a pet anemic, and severely infected pets may need treatment by a veterinarian.
These pests also bite humans. Getting rid of these pesky critters from your home, especially if your pets frequent areas with carpeting, can be particularly difficult.
We now have a new incentive for controlling fleas-allergies. We already know that some people experience a strong allergic reaction when bitten by a flea. The proteins in the flea's saliva cause this. Now USDA researchers in Gainsville, Florida, have shown that allergy prone individuals react positively to flea body parts, shed skins, feces, and flea eggshells. For years, scientists have been aware of a similar allergic reaction to cockroach and dust mite feces and body parts.
Entomologists say that this finding could make a difference for people who have been diagnosed as allergic to cats. They may not be allergic to cats at all, but to the cats fleas. This would explain why some people seem to be allergic to another person's dog or cat, but not to their own. As flea debris builds up in an infested home, it can become part of the allergen load in household dust.
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