Fleas

What are fleas?

There are over 2,000 species of fleas that reside in the United States, but there is only one species of flea (Ctenocephalides felis, the “cat flea”) that tends to invade homes more often. These tiny, parasitic pests depend on the blood of animals or humans to survive, though they do seem to prefer feeding on the blood of animals rather than humans. Warm-blooded mammals such as cats, humans, dogs, deer, and even other home-invading pests such as mice or rats are all common hosts for fleas. They infest homes when their host enters your property. Once fleas have gotten inside, they become a nightmare to get rid of, with female fleas capable of producing over a thousand eggs during their lifetime. If even a single flea finds its way into your home, that one flea can grow to one thousand in no time at all, growing the pest problem inside your home.

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Are fleas dangerous?

While fleas are more of a problem for your pets, they can still present quite a problem for you. Flea bites may cause major skin irritations for you and your pets, which can become infected if scratched excessively. Additionally, fleas have been linked to the spread of tapeworm, which can be a serious health concern for your pets.

Why do I have a flea problem?

Fleas are often only thought of when pets such as cats or dogs are part of the family. However, you don’t have to be a pet owner to end up with a flea infestation on your property. Pets are definitely part of the reason some homeowners may end up with fleas, but your home can become infested if other warm-blooded pests have already invaded. Mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons are capable of bringing parasites like fleas into your home, which can be confusing for homeowners without any pets. If you’re finding fleas on your property but you don’t have any pets, this could be an indication of an existing pest problem on your property.

Where will I find fleas?

More often than not, adult fleas typically choose to stay on the host they are feeding on. This is because fleas depend on their warm-blooded hosts to survive, feed, reproduce, and find shelter. Humans are not usually targeted by fleas because we don't have any fur to hide in, making our cats, dogs, or other pets more appealing as hosts. Flea larvae and eggs are usually not found on hosts. Instead, they fall off their host into any nearby carpeting, bedding, or couch cushions until they hatch and find a host of their own.

How do I get rid of fleas?

Fleas infest homes at rapid rates, especially when you don’t notice they are there in the beginning. Flea infestations can become overwhelming quickly due to their fast reproductive rate and small size. The best way to protect your home from the frustration and annoyance caused by fleas is to reach out to a trusted pest control professional. Here at It’s Bugs Or Us®, we provide quality pest inspections, treatments, and products to keep your home protected 100% of the time. Our highly-trained pest technicians are dedicated to the needs of your home, so you can rest assured we’ve got your flea infestation under control. If you’d like to schedule a free inspection, contact us today!

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

Fleas will always find a way into your home if your home is not protected with a comprehensive pest control program. However, you may be able to reduce the number of fleas that get inside by following a few preventative tips:

  • If you have pets, be sure to equip them with veterinarian-approved flea and tick collars.

  • Inspect yourself and your pets for fleas before going inside.

  • Seal off entrances that pests such as rats or mice could be using to invade, and bring fleas in with them.

  • Contact a professional for flea control services, like us at It's Bugs Or Us®!

The professionals here at It’s Bugs Or Us® want to provide you with the pest control treatments you deserve. With one of our pest control plans, you can safeguard your home from fleas and other pests year-round! To receive quality pest protection from fleas for you, your family, and your pets, give us a call at (888) 260-7521!

 

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