What Do Fleas Look Like?
Fleas can be as small as 1/12 of an inch, have six legs, and are reddish brown in color.
Where Should I Check for Fleas?
Fleas are commonly found in places such as:
- In your pet’s fur
- In carpeting, clothing, and linens
- Inside couches and beds
- In dark, moist indoor areas, such as basements and attics
- In dark, moist outdoor areas
Is There a Difference Between Cat and Dog Fleas?
Since dog fleas are actually found mainly in Europe, it is very likely that what you’re dealing with is cat fleas. Cat fleas are the most common type of flea found in the Washington DC area and are found on both cats and dogs.
How Do I Know If I Have Fleas?
The most obvious sign that you have fleas in your home is, of course, if you see them. In addition to spotting fleas, you may also notice the tiny, white specs that they leave behind – flea eggs. Another sign of a flea infestation may be in your pets’ behavior and appearance. For example, if your pets are scratching at themselves excessively or if you are finding red bumps on your skin, these may be signs that your pets have fleas.
Are Fleas Dangerous?
If you believe you have a flea infestation, it is important to seek pest control treatment as quickly as possible because, despite their small size, fleas are known carriers of a multitude of diseases and parasites, some of which may be fatal to humans and pets. Flea infestations grow and spread rapidly, as female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day.
Where Did the Fleas Come From?
Fleas are commonly brought into homes by pets such as cats and dogs – especially such animals that spend excess amounts of time outdoors. Fleas can’t fly, but they are excellent jumpers, hopping from one animal to the next. Once inside your home, fleas will jump around and latch onto clothing, bedding, and furniture, further spreading the infestation around your house.
How Do I Get Rid of Fleas?
The quickest and most effective way to rid your home of a flea infestation is to call a pest control expert. Without the help of a professional, it is likely that the fleas may return to your home despite your best efforts to exterminate them. Our technicians are highly trained in the flea extermination and the best practices for ensuring that they don’t return.
How Can I Prevent Fleas From Coming Back?
Inside your home, you can prevent fleas by:
- Vacuuming and shampooing carpeted areas frequently
- Changing bedsheets and linens frequently, especially if your pets sleep with you
- Wash rugs, couch covers, and pillows often
- Check potted house plants for fleas or other insects regularly
Outside your home, you can prevent fleas by:
- Vacuuming your car regularly, especially if you transport your pets often
- Paying attention to where your pets are when they’re outside
- Washing your pet outdoors before letting them back inside if they’ve gotten especially dirty or wandered off unsupervised
Miche Pest Control offers safe and effective treatment plans in the Washington DC area, specifically designed to target, remove, and prevent fleas in and around your home. Give us a call today at (844) 211-7378 to schedule your initial pest control service and get those fleas under control!
Washington DC, formally known as the District of Columbia, more commonly known as DC, is the official capital of the United States of America. It is located on east side of the Potomac River, bordering Maryland and Virginia. The United States Congress held its first session there in 1800. The city was named after George Washington, a Founding Father and the first president of the United States. The federal district was named after Columbia, a female personification of our nation. As the seat of the US federal government and several international organizations, DC is an important world political capital. It is one of the most visited cities in the US, with over 24 million visitors in 2019.
The District of Columbia is not a part of any U.S. state. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River near the country's Atlantic Coast. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the national capital. In 1801, the land, formerly part of Maryland and Virginia (at the time including the settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria), officially became recognized as the federal district. In 1846, Congress returned to Virginia the portion of Washington DC that had been originally ceded by Virginia, including the cities of Alexandria and Arlington; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the district.
DC is divided into quadrants (NW, NE, SE, and SW), centered on the United States Capitol (aka the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill), with 8 wards, 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and 127 named neighborhoods. It is the 20th-most populous city in the US. Commuters from the surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Northern Virginia raise the city's daytime population to more than one million during the workweek. Washington DC's metropolitan area is the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area, and includes portions of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
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