If you suspect you have a flea problem, don’t delay. Flea infestation could be well on it’s way to plaguing your home or business. Fleas are not only a nuisance, they are also dangerous. They can cause painful bites or carry different diseases. If you’re wondering how to get rid of fleas, contact your local exterminators at Island Pest Control to eradicate them from your property and protect you from future infestations.
If you observe your dog or cat constantly scratching or chewing at themselves, this can be an indicator of flea infestation. Other signs may include your pet’s hair loss, red skin, and in severe cases, a rash. These could all appear as a result of the animal’s allergy to fleas that are present in your building. You can confirm this by checking for fleas or reddish droppings around the hind quarters of your dog or the head and neck of your cat, the preferred areas for fleas to settle. Of course, if you, other residents, or other occupants of your building have tiny red bites around your ankles and feet, this could also be a sign of unwanted flea infestation.
Fleas are small reddish brown insects with six long legs. They are about 2.5mm in length and lack wings, but they can jump 100 times their height which enables them to easily pass from host to host. The life cycle of a flea flows through the following stages: egg, larval, pupal (cocoon stage) and adult. Eggs are typically found in shaded crevices such as dog bedding and furniture. The larvae can hatch any time after the egg stage; from a few days to a year after. Adults live about 25 days, but a female lays eggs within 48 hours of finding a host and continues to lay eggs after each meal. Fleas thrive in climates of stable humidity and temperatures.
Fleas are dangerous pests that can carry a number of awful diseases such as Flea-borne Typhus or Murine Typhus, Cat Scratching Disease, Flea Tapeworm, and secondary bacterial infections. These diseases can affect both humans and animals, and it is important to remember that pets are not the only ones susceptible to the dangers of a flea infestation. However, pets are at quite a risk if fleas are involved. They can develop a number of skin problems or allergic reactions.
Getting rid of fleas is an arduous process, which is why it is advisable to contact our extermination professionals at Island Pest Control who know how to get the job done. We offer:
One Year Guaranteed Flea Treatments for Inside
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Exterior Flea Treatments
Steps will include bathing your pet carefully with a shampoo that kills fleas and speaking to your vet about any necessary medications. At the same time, all bedding, towels and pet bedding must be washed. Furniture, carpets and floors need to be vacuumed before the Flea Treatment is done.
Because larvae can remain dormant until awakened to hatch, it’s important to remain vigilant. Vacuum regularly, wash bedding at least once a week in hot water and treat your dog or cat regularly for fleas.
Fleas are unwelcome guests that do not go away. Don’t sit there wondering how to get rid of fleas. To eliminate them fast and effectively, call Island Pest control for consultation and advice on your flea infestation. We will eliminate the problem and help prevent the it from happening again.