What are fleas?
Fleas are one of every homeowner’s worst nightmares. Challenging to prevent and even more challenging to eliminate, these wingless insects are never welcome on our properties. The flea is tiny in size, but the negative impact they create for us and our pets is big.
The flea’s sole food source is blood from warm-blooded animals. Some of their preferred hosts include rodents, rabbits, raccoons, deer, skunks, dogs, and cats. Fleas will bite us and feed on our blood, but we aren’t their preferred hosts; instead, they would like to spend their lives on the back of an animal host.
The flea’s physical features include an oval body flattened from side to side, covered in a hard shell, which helps prevent them from being squished! They have large back legs, which provide them with excellent jumping capabilities. Their specialized biting mouthparts allow fleas to easily penetrate the skin of a host and feed on their blood.
Are Fleas dangerous?
Fleas are parasitic pests with no business being in our yards, homes, or worse, on us or our pets. After biting us to feed, left behind is a red itchy welt that can be continuously scratched open and lead to a secondary infection. Those allergic to their saliva can experience severe and uncomfortable skin rashes, and in our pets, excessive itching can lead to hair loss and sores.
Fleas also cause other health risks. These insects are an intermediate host for tapeworms. They carry and spread tapeworm larvae to both people and animals. While the spread of diseases by fleas is not a huge concern, they can spread some diseases, including cat scratch fever, murine typhus, and even plague.
Why do I have a flea problem?
There are many ways that fleas can become a problem in either our outdoor or indoor spaces.
They can be introduced into our yards by wild animals.
Stray pets or wandering neighborhood pets could bring fleas into your yard.
Rodents that have moved into your home could bring fleas with them and cause an infestation.
Fleas, or their eggs or larvae, can be introduced into your home on used furniture, rugs, or other fabric items.
Where will I find fleas?
You'll primarily find adult fleas on the backs of their hosts, feeding, and breeding, while the eggs, developing larvae, and new adults will be on the ground.
Outside, fleas that aren't living on a host yet inhabit damp soil under decks or porches, woodpiles, or leaf piles. They also live wherever pets spend a lot of time or where wild animals are nesting.
Fleas that have found an entrance into a house will be in areas where pets (if you own them) spend a lot of time. They also are regularly found in rugs, upholstered furniture, our bedding, or in stored linens or towels.
How do I get rid of fleas?
Fleas are prolific breeders and are difficult pests to keep off our properties as wild animals are constantly introducing them there. At Miche Pest Control, we understand how frustrating fleas can be and will work with you to rid your property of these tiny terrors.
By partnering with us, you will have peace of mind knowing that our experienced experts will eliminate fleas from your property and help you to prevent a re-infestation. We utilize effective and modern pest control methods and products to control fleas and other common household pests living in and around your home or business.
If you live in our service areas of Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C., contact Miche Pest Control today to learn more about our flea control services!
How can I prevent fleas in the future?
Preventing problems with fleas is difficult, but we want to help you guard your property against fleas by offering these helpful prevention tips:
Regularly vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture to keep it free of stray fleas.
Make sure to wash your pet’s bedding regularly.
If you own pets, make sure to keep them up to date on a flea preventative. It is also a good idea to regularly bathe and groom your pets.
Don’t encourage wildlife activity on your property. Remove bird feeders and keep your yard free of the clutter that may attract rodents and other animals.
After spending time outside, it is always a good idea to give yourself, your kids, and your pets a once over to look for fleas before going into your home.
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