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The mature flea grows up to 1/8” (3.3 millimeters) in length, with long, flexible legs for hopping from one victim to another. The flea is of the “Siphonaptera” order and “Animalia” kingdom. For a tiny insect species, the flea is agile and aggressive, as it needs to feed on blood at least every 12 hours. If the insect does not access a blood meal within 4 to 10 days, it will begin to perish. This is only one reason why the insect is aggressive at everything it does. From victimization to infestation, the flea approaches every task in an aggressive manner.
Know The Signs Of Flea Infestation
Before you can implement treatment, you need to determine if your property is truly infested with fleas. Just because you are under suspicion your property is infestated, do not make it so. We highly suggest learning the signs of a flea infestation. This information will be applied to future home inspections, which you will be responsible for completing.
- Live reddish/black insects with long legs
- Pets constantly scratching and licking
- Fine black flea dirt or flea fecal droppings (in pet bedding)
- Tiny translucent or brown flea eggs
- Tiny light brown flea larvae in the shape of a worm (2 to 5 millimeters in length)
Why Is My Home Infested With Fleas?
The first thing you should ask yourself, do I have pets. If the answer is affirmative, this could be why your property has been infiltrated by the flea. With this said, homes void of domesticated pets has reported flea infiltration as well. So, pets or no pets may not have an impact on the flea’s decision to invade your property.
How Do I Get Ride Of Fleas In My Home?
Once fleas have infiltrated your home, they have no plans to ever leave, with one exception. The fleas will remain in your home until there is no longer a living, breathing host to feed on. Say, you vacate the home in a few weeks, the fleas may be forced to relocate to a nearby home with pets. Of course, you do not plan on vacating your property any time soon. Now, your only option is professional or DIY pest management.
Since most people are unwilling to remove their pets from the property, even for a few days, the fleas are here to stay. Unless you can successfully exterminate the entire colony, the flea population will continue to grow. With our industrial-grade flea control treatments, we can help you regain control of your property.
Are Fleas Dangerous To Humans?
They pose a bigger danger to your pets. Fleas transmit a bacteria known as “Rickettsia typhi” to their human victims. The bacteria is responsible for murine typhus, which in this case is transmitted from an infected flea to a human via a bite.
The flea has also been linked to cases of cat scratch disease and plague. As for its animal victims, the flea has been known to cause tapeworms. In this case, the tapeworm is transmitted to an animal, not through a bite, but through ingestion. Tapeworms cannot mature or complete their life cycles, without a flea host.
How To Protect Your Pets And Home From Fleas?
If you have pets, you and your property are under constant threat of flea infiltration. It cannot be stressed enough the flea is an aggressive insect species. The aggression comes from the need for a survival essential, blood. Take away the animal host and the fleas will begin to target you and your family. Take away the blood and the fleas will begin to perish in a few short days.
Once your property is deemed flea-free by one of our pest control technicians, it is only then time to start devising a prevention plan. The first step of the process is to obtain a monthly flea treatment from your vet. In the outdoors, your pets are under constant threat of fleas.
- Install barriers around your decks, porches, and sheds to keep wild animals from utilizing the areas for dens
- Thoroughly inspect your pets from tip of the nose to tip of the tail after returning from the outdoors
- Routinely inspect your home from signs of a flea infestation
- Develop a vacuuming schedule to remove any potential fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, and flea dirt (fecal material)
- Teach every member of the household about the danger and prevention of flea infestation