Fleas

Fleas are tiny, wingless parasites that feed on the blood of a warm-blooded host. Fleas become problematic when they attach to pets like cats and dogs. The most common fleas are dog fleas and cat fleas. Adult fleas are between 2-3mm long and are typically reddish-brown in color.

Female fleas lay eggs loosely in the hair of the host animal, typically cats and dogs. However, a number of animals and even humans can have fleas. The eggs drop off and hatch in 2-14 days into small, hairy, worm-like larvae. Flea larvae can be found in the kennel or cage of your animal, along baseboards, in carpet, or even in furniture. Fleas usually live up to 3 months in which a female can produce up to 500 offspring in that time.

Flea bites are the most irritating aspect of these pesky insects. These bites cause red, swollen spots that are extremely itchy. Bites are usually clustered together and can remain itchy for several weeks.

How Do I Get Rid of Fleas?

Fleas are quite difficult to get rid of once they infest your home. It requires a lot of work on both you and our technicians. Like bed bugs, a lot of vacuuming and washing is required to effectively rid your home of fleas. We also recommend getting your pet(s) treated by a veterinarian to see what type of flea they have. Our technicians will inspect your home in search of problem areas of fleas. We will then work with you in cleaning and treating these problem areas. Effectively eliminating your flea problem does take time to thoroughly clean all areas that fleas have infested.

DID YOU KNOW? – That there are over 2,500 different types of fleas, but the Cat Flea is the most common for household pets.

Most flea infestations come from pets. Dogs and cats can easily attract fleas when they are left to wander outside even in your backyard from passing wildlife.

Yes, not only are flea bites extremely itchy but have been found to transmit diseases like typhus. Fleas reproduce quite rapidly and can become a major infestation in a few weeks if not controlled.

Flea prevention is quite difficult since pets can easily pick them up from your backyard.

Helpful Tips

  • Frequently cleaning and vacuuming areas of your home where your pets typically congregate
  • Keep animals on a lease when you take them on a walk
  • Occasionally checking your pets’ fur for fleas
  • Flea collars help protect your pets from fleas

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