Having a flea-infested home can be difficult to manage. They are a small annoying nuisance that is hard to see and hard to control. If you are a pet owner, chances are fleas are your worst nightmare. And it is more likely that you will have to deal with fleas at least once as a pet owner.
Most flea infestations start from pets. When pets are outside or playing with other animals, fleas can attach themselves to your pets’ fur. Even your indoor pets are at risk of fleas. To avoid fleas, make sure to check for fleas in your pet’s fur with a comb regularly. Also, vacuuming and washing your pets’ beds are a great way to eliminate the risk of flea infestations. Fleas can affect the health of not only your pets but also lead to infestations in your home.
If you are currently having issues with fleas, contact your local Pest Authority today!
Here are 5 flea facts you should know:
- Fleas need to feed on animal or human blood to survive. Fleas eat 10 to 15 blood meals per day. 5 minutes after landing on your pet, fleas have started feeding. They are most attracted to cats, dogs, rabbits, and rodents and can move from pet to pet.
- A female flea can produce 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Fleas are experts in multiplication. Flea infestations can quickly get out of control because fleas lay eggs in large numbers. Female fleas lay 40 to 50 eggs per day for around 50 days.
- There are more than 2,500 flea species worldwide. With more than 300 fleas occurring in the United States. The most common type of flea is the cat flea. Despite its name “Cat Flea,” this flea infests both cats and dogs.
- Fleas can bite dogs and cats, and even people. Dogs and cats are the favorite targets of fleas, but people can be bitten too. Flea bites often leave small bumps on the skin and are very itchy. People are usually bitten on their ankles and calves. However, flea bites on pets can lead to an allergic reaction called flea bite allergy which causes irritation and severe itching. If your pet experiences a flea allergy you may need to contact a veterinarian.
- Flea bites can transmit harmful diseases. Flea bites and feces can transmit harmful diseases like flea-borne typhus, plague, bartonellosis (cat scratch disease), and tungiasis. Cat fleas are also one of the hosts of tapeworms. Bites can also pose a secondary risk of bacterial infection if the flea-bitten skin is not kept clean and disinfected.
Fighting flea infestations can be a time-consuming and tiring process. That is why Pest Authority is here to help. At Pest Authority we have comprehensive flea control services that help you get rid of and prevent fleas.
We start by getting rid of your current infestation, then we track and kill any larvae and pupae that may be hiding on your property. We can even give you tips on how to treat your animals to prevent any future infestations from occurring.
A Pest Authority Specialist can expertly assess the situation to help control the flea population in and around your home. Find your local pest control expert HERE!