They’re itchy, they bite, and once they show up, they’re hard to get rid of. There is no question that fleas are one heck of a nuisance, especially for pet owners. These wingless insects live off the blood of host animals such as livestock, dogs, and cats. Educating yourself about this blood thirsty pest is the best way to prevent an infestation in your home.
Where do fleas come from?
Fleas are commonly found outdoors, especially in shaded areas such as forests, thick brush, and backyards with dense tree coverage. Shady patches not only offer the ideal breeding ground for fleas, they are also a common place for pets to cool off on a hot day. Pet owners should take extra precautions for flea prevention with pets that spend significant amounts of time outside in the yard.
Don’t animals carry fleas?
Fleas don’t necessarily discriminate when it comes to picking a host, but animals are primarily where they tend to settle down. Although feral animals are more likely to carry fleas, household pets can easily acquire fleas after spending long amounts of time outside or if they are not treated by a veterinarian on a regular basis. Fleas can jump up to 8 inches, 150 times their height, just to hitch a ride on a host. Once fleas have picked a host, however, they rarely tend to jump to another one.
How do you know if you have an infestation?
Adult fleas have reddish brown bodies that are about 2.5 mm long, making them easily visible to the common eye. If a homeowner does not spot adult fleas jumping around, it is likely that they will notice itchy bites (similar to mosquito bites) appearing on their skin or their pets. If you see mysterious bites on your skin or notice your pet scratching more than usual, it’s probably a good time to check them for fleas.
So what should I do if I find fleas?
First of all, don’t freak out – although fleas are a little difficult they can be taken care of. To help treat your pet, talk to a veterinarian to determine the best path for moving forward. Unfortunately, even if you have stopped seeing adult fleas around your home, the flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are another situation. Many times these early stages of flea life happen behind, under, or inside furniture, in your pet’s bedding, or in the carpets. If you suspect your home is infested, call Mick’s Exterminating as soon as possible to set up treatment.
How can Mick’s Exterminating help?
We are experienced in treating all of the pet-frequented areas of your house, including both carpeted areas and unfinished basements. Following our flea treatment, it usually takes a couple of weeks (in conjunction with regular cleaning and vacuuming) to truly eliminate the infestation. After that, everyone (including your pets) should find themselves itch and pest free. Contact Mick’s online or call at 636-978-5700 at the first sign of a flea infestation.