When your property is infested with fleas, not only do you have to deal with the troublesome insects, but also the itchy, swollen bites that they can leave all over your skin. Often, people might not even notice a flea infestation until they are covered head-to-toe in these bites. Fleas are hard to see, control, and run the risk of spreading harmful diseases. Having a flea-infested home is more than a headache — it’s a nightmare!
Pest Authority of Richmond is here to help protect your Midlothian or Glen Allen, Virginia area home or business from these pesky flea infestations with our pest control services. Our revolutionary Barrier 360 treatment will create a flea-proof border around the exterior of your home or business, effectively preventing them from ever entering your property. No Contracts. No Commitments. No Fleas. Guaranteed.
How Did My Flea Infestation Start?
Fleas are small, wingless insects that are reddish brown but hard to spot on their own. With the ability to jump long distances, fleas often enter your home by jumping and latching onto household pets like cats or dogs when they are outside and are brought in undetected. Once they are inside, they can quickly spread throughout your home. Sometimes, infestations are started when fleas are carried in by rodents, raccoons, feral cats, or other creatures that have invaded your home or are hiding away in your crawl spaces.
Pest Authority of Richmond will work hard to get rid of the current infestation and prevent more in the future. We believe in finding a comprehensive, long-term approach that will solve the issue at hand and get rid of the fleas for good. Once we take care of the current infestation, our pest control services include tracking and killing any larvae and pupae still on your property and giving you tips on treating your animals.
Tips on Preventing Flea Infestations:
- Regularly wash you and your pet’s bedding.
- Regularly bathe and groom your pets. You can do this on your own, or you can take them to a professional groomer.
- Consult with your vet about finding preventative fleas treatments that work for your pet.
You Might Have Fleas If:
- Your pets are noticeably scratching or grooming themselves more often than before.
- Your body is covered in itchy, swollen red marks — particularly on your feet, ankles, and legs.
- Small black particles that look like coarse, ground black pepper are scattered around your home. These particles are known as “flea dirt,” and are adult flea feces that are left for their larvae to consume to help them mature.
- Reddish-brown insects that jump are found around your home.
Facts about Fleas:
- To survive, fleas need to feed on animal or human blood
- Cats, dogs, rabbits, and rodents attract fleas the most.
- Harmful diseases like flea-borne typhus, plague, bartonellosis (cat scratch disease), flea tapeworm, and tungiasis can be transmitted from flea bites and feces.
- A secondary risk of bacterial infection can occur if the flea-bitten skin is not kept clean and disinfected.