Crawling Insects: Fleas – What You Should Know

Mixed Breed Puppy With Muddy NoseWhen it comes to pests, there are various types of bugs and insects, some more troublesome than others. But any home that has pets like dogs or cats has probably come into contact with a really pesky pest – the flea.

Fleas are one of the more common pest problems when cats or dogs are present or for new homeowners moving into previously infested homes and apartments. Not only are fleas a concern to pets for severe health reasons, but also to humans as they can cause unsightly allergic reactions and itching from bites. Fleas are also carriers of the tapeworm parasite.

How they live…

Fleas need relatively high temperatures to survive but once they find a new home, they are hard to get rid of. Fleas can become established in carpets and bedding for months and lay dormant until outside temperatures drop and central heating in homes is turned on.

Spreading…

Flea eggs are very easily spread through pets and fabrics and can multiply quite quickly if not taken control of immediately. Adult fleas can jump pretty far and lay its eggs deep into a fabric so once they spread, it’s difficult to get rid of them.

Prevention…

Not only is it important to do regular checks of your pets, but it is also vital to maintain good housekeeping standards to ensure fleas don’t get too comfortable. Preventing fleas requires regular intervals of deep carpet, furnishing and bedding cleanings to ensure all flea egg
s, larvae and adults are killed and can’t spread more.

Getting rid of fleas can be a pain in the neck. They spread fast and are pesky. Some fleas bite and carry diseases, while others just bother you. In any case, when you have a flea infestation, it is best to call a pest control specialist who will help you get completely rid of these animals.

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