Flea Identification

What are fleas?

Fleas are tiny parasites that feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals. They prefer animal hosts, but in a pinch, they will also feed on people. These insects are very small, about the size of a speck of dirt, but their powerful back legs allow them to jump impressive heights (8 inches vertically) and wade through the fur of their animal hosts. Physical features of a flea include a hard body flattened from side to side that is reddish-brown. They have six legs and are wingless.

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Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas bite both people and animals to feed on their blood. Many people and animals are allergic to their saliva, and their bites are very itchy and may lead to a secondary infestation. Fleas are also able to transmit tapeworms to people and animals. In animals, especially young or small animals, a large infestation may cause anemia.

Why do I have a flea problem?

Fleas spend most of their lives traveling from place to place on the backs of their hosts feeding and breeding. Their eggs roll off their host and onto the ground, causing an infestation in a new yard or home. Fleas are prolific breeders, and a single female produces 400-500 offspring in her lifetime. They are most commonly introduced onto yards by wild animals and then brought into your home via your clothing or pets. Fleas are capable of completing their life cycle indoors, and just a few fleas finding their way inside have the potential to lead to a large scale infestation.

Where will I find fleas?

Fleas spend the majority of their life on the back of their animal hosts. When not on a host, they are hiding outside in shady, damp areas waiting for a new host to happen by. Fleas live in tall grass, under leaves, and in the dirt under shrubs and decks. Those that are inside, live in rugs, behind baseboards, and in upholstered furniture and bedding.

How do I get rid of fleas?

The best way to get rid of fleas in your yard or home and prevent them from returning is to partner with Peace of Mind Pest Control. Our experienced professionals and modern services provide home and business owners with peace of mind knowing that their pest problems will be solved once and for all. If you are looking to get rid of parasitic fleas from your property with the help of dedicated, local professionals, reach out to Peace of Mind Pest Control today!

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

For homeowners who want to protect their homes from fleas, partner with Peace of Mind Pest Control and use the following prevention tips:

  • Keep the grass on your property short.

  • Avoid bringing home used rugs and upholstered furniture.

  • Keep rodents and other animals out of your home by sealing openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline.

  • Treat all pets with a year-round flea preventative product under the guidance of a veterinarian. Also, regularly groom your pets.

  • Vacuum your home often, especially areas where pests spend a lot of time.

  • Remove food sources from your property that attract wild animals like bird feeders and open containers of trash and compost.

 

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