You’ve probably heard the old adage, “breed like rabbits,” referring to their rapid rate of reproduction. Well, the rabbit has nothing on the flea. The female flea can produce as many as 2000 offspring in her lifespan of approximately 100 days.
As you can see, it can take very little time for a flea infestation to get out of control. If not quickly identified and properly treated, it becomes tremendously difficult to completely rid your home of these pesky little jumpers. Do yourself and your pets a favor and call Insect IQ, Inc. for reliable and effective pest control in Modesto. Our professionally trained technicians have the experience and knowledge to implement the best flea treatment plan to fit your needs.
What Attracts Fleas To Mammals?
The simple answer to that question is “dinner.” The flea requires the blood of mammals for its sustenance and reproduction. The most common types of flea in North America are the dog flea and the cat flea, with the cat flea being the most predominant. Despite its name, the cat flea will feed on not only cats, but dogs, humans, and other warm-blooded animals.
Fleas are clever little travelers and can hitch a ride on wild animals, pets, your shoes, and pant legs. If your yard isn’t properly treated and your furry family members aren’t regularly groomed and treated for flea prevention, these parasites will soon become uninvited guests in your home. Before you know it, your home is afflicted with a flea infestation, and Fido, Fluffy, and even you are scratching at those irritating flea bites.
Fleas Can Be Dangerous
In most cases, flea bites will only result in little red bumps that may be painful and itchy. The bites are commonly found in groups of three or four in a small pattern or line. Humans and pets can have allergic reactions to flea bites, and your pets can develop anemia as well. Fleas have also been known to carry such diseases as murine typhus, and in rare situations, the bubonic plague.
Natural Flea Prevention Tips
There are natural flea treatment products available on the market, such as diatomaceous earth and nematodes, that are used as flea prevention products for your yard. You can also ask your veterinarian for recommendations on shampoos and preventive treatments for your pets. There are also several effective tips that can be used around your house and lawn to deter a flea infestation:
- Install fencing to prevent neighborhood pets or wildlife from entering your property.
- Regularly comb or brush your pets when bringing them back indoors.
- Keep your landscaping manicured by mowing lawns and trimming shrubbery on a regular basis.
- Wash pet toys and beds in hot water regularly.
- Vacuum and sweep floors often, especially where your pets may sleep.
Unfortunately, even if you apply these and other tips to prevent fleas from entering your home, you are still vulnerable to a flea infestation occurring in your home. Professional flea control from Insect IQ, Inc. can protect your home from fleas.
How To Keep Fleas Away For Good
Contacting Insect IQ, Inc., your local and reliable pest control In Modesto, is the best way to eradicate a flea infestation and implement the most effective flea prevention plan for your home. We are a family-owned, family-operated business that has served the Modesto area for more than a decade. Give us a call and we can come out the same day to conduct a thorough inspection of your residence. Our licensed and certified technicians can then come up with the best treatment and prevention plan to fit your needs and budget.