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Fleas

What Are Fleas?

Fleas are tiny, wingless parasites that feed on the blood of warm-blooded hosts. There are over 2,000 known species of fleas, but the most common type we see in our homes are Ctenocephalides felis, also known as cat fleas. These fleas don’t only affect cats, however. They will feed on dogs, and humans as well. Since fleas are flightless insects, they have extremely strong legs that allow them to leap up to 13 inches horizontally and 7 inches vertically (150 times their body length!), making them one of greatest jumpers in the animal kingdom. With female fleas producing around 2,000 eggs in their lifetime, flea infestations can get out of control very quickly – and that’s just what one flea can do!

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Are Fleas Dangerous?

While fleas can be extremely irritating, they aren’t classified as dangerous pests. But they can still be a real problem for your family and your pets. Bites from fleas are very itchy and can become swollen and inflamed. If the bitten areas are scratched excessively, this can lead to extreme skin irritation and infection, which can become a health concern if not treated properly. Additionally, fleas can transmit bacterial diseases or tapeworm to your pets and to you. And some humans and animals are allergic to flea bites, leading to more pronounced or irritating symptoms.

Why Do I Have Fleas?

If you have pets that go outside frequently, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise when fleas get into your home. While outside, our cats and dogs often wander into locations where fleas commonly hide, and those fleas will 'jump' at the opportunity to get a blood meal. However, even if you don’t have a dog or cat, you can still end up with fleas in your home. This is because fleas will also feed on the blood of smaller mammals such as mice, rats, or squirrels. If you’re finding fleas in your home and you don’t have pets, you probably have another pest issue on your hands.

How Can I Prevent Fleas?

Everyone has to go outside at some point or another, especially if they have a pet. This means there will always be a risk that you or your pet may carry fleas into your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take preventative measures to keep fleas out!

  • Use veterinarian-prescribed flea products on your dogs and cats

  • Invest in a flea collar for your pet

  • Inspect your pets for fleas before going back inside

  • Have any existing rodent problems in your home treated

  • Close or seal areas where rodents could get inside and bring fleas inside

  • Wash your pet’s bedding often

  • Clean and vacuum your home regularly

How Insect IQ Can Help Get Rid Of Fleas

At Insect IQ, we follow three main steps when treating for pests, including fleas. First, we'll inspect for areas of flea activity or signs of fleas. Second, we will formulate a treatment plan for your property based on our findings. And third, we will implement that plan to ensure that your home or business becomes and remains flea-free! If you have a flea problem on your hands, Insect IQ can come up with a treatment plan for you! Our team of hard-working technicians is trained in all sorts of pest removal methods and techniques. Say goodbye to the fleas that are irritating you and your pets by implementing our residential or commercial pest control services for your property!

To learn more about our pest control offerings for your home or commercial property, contact us at Insect IQ today!

 

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