Flea Pest Control
Small but mighty nuisance.
Facts About Fleas
Latin Name: Order Siphonaptera Fleas are known for being small, wingless insects that average around ⅛ inches long. Although they cannot fly, they are able to jump long distances. It does not take long for fleas to develop and can last up to 100 days. A single female flea can lay up to 40 eggs every day. However, in order to reproduce or grow, fleas need blood. To obtain the nutrients, fleas search for a host to survive off of. Most times they find a cat or a dog to be their host since they are so vulnerable to the fleas’ outdoor environment. Once they settle on a host, fleas start feeding which requires them to bite their hosts’ skin. Flea bites are known for leaving skin to be swollen and itchy. This can be really harmful to your pet, especially since fleas can carry harmful diseases.
They commonly feed on animals such as:
- Wild Animals
Why Do I Have Fleas?
Majority of the time, your home becomes infested with fleas because your animal serves as a host. When this happens, you will immediately want to get rid of the pests, but it may be difficult since they are so small. This is when pest control professionals have to step in.
Signs of Fleas
If you notice any of the activity below, you need to call Bug Man right away:
- Your Pets Start Scratching – Pets scratch themselves frequently, but if they do this more than normal, this could be because fleas are making them uncomfortable. If you notice they are scratching excessively, check them for fleas immediately.
- Visible Bite Marks – Fleas, as stated above, bite to obtain their blood source. If you see bite marks left on your dog, or if your family members have bite marks, give us a call.
- Adult Fleas – Fully matured fleas are more noticeable than larvae. If you noticed them crawling around in your animal’s fur, or in your home, have them taken care of as soon as possible.
- Flea Eggs – Eggs may not be harmful at first, but when they hatch, you will be met with a major issue. After they are deposited on your pet, they will eventually fall off and can be found in places such as under your furniture, in your pet’s bed, in your carpet, and in the grooves in the floor.
How Do I Get Rid of Them?
First and foremost have your pet thoroughly cleaned. You can start this step by running a flea comb through their fur before scrubbing them with flea control shampoo. Afterwards, apply flea control products such as Frontline or Advantage that are known for getting rid of fleas. After your pet is back in better shape, have your pest control professional come and take care of your home. They will have you prepare your home by vacuuming and preparing each room before they excuse you and your pets for a few hours so they can treat your home properly.