Fleas Pest Control
Flea pest control can be a challenging task for anyone. If you have a cat or dog, you know that fleas are a constant threat to both your pet and your own health. As with any infestation, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from a recurring and troublesome infestation. It is also important to enlist the services of a distinguished pest control company as a way of controlling fleas for the long-term.
As with many infestations, there are ways you can identify signs that you may have a problem. Fleas pest control is a straightforward task once you have identified the problem. It is also important to understand fleas as a creature, that way you ensure that you understand their characteristics and behaviour.
What do fleas look like?
Unsurprisingly, fleas are small and difficult to see with the naked eye. Measuring only 2.5mm long (or one/tenth of an inch), fleas have adapted to be elusive and difficult to eradicate.
Their bodies are covered in microscopic hairs which allow them to move easily through hairs on the host body. Whilst not always difficult to see, fleas bodies are a reddish brown colour, which can sometimes make them blend into a host’s hair colour, although this isn’t always strictly the case.
Besides their size, fleas are also known to jump great distances despite their diminutive size. They have been recorded jumping upwards of 8 inches, which for their size, is extremely impressive. It is because of this that fleas can spread relatively quickly between hosts, particularly if a family pet is the main host. Due to the close contact owners and pets have, fleas can spread quickly between pets and humans.
How do you get flea infestations?
In much the same way as bed bugs are attracted to a host, fleas are primarily attracted to a host by an instinct for food. They feed on the blood of a host and it is this basic need which can make an infestation difficult to eradicate. If fleas are determined to find a food source, they will do their upmost to find it!
The most frequent reason for an infestation is through a pet, particularly dogs or cats, although other pets can be sources of an infestation too. Even if a pet is no longer present in a property, fleas will find an alternative host as quickly as possible in order to continue feeding.
The tell-tale signs of a flea infestation
As with bed bugs, fleas will usually leave a nasty, itchy bite mark as a sign of its presence. This is normally more visible on a human host and you will see the bites quite easily. Similarly to bed bugs, fleas will bite at exposed areas of the body, typically the arms, legs, chest and back, although they can bite almost anywhere, depending on the environment.
As household pets are the most common host for flea infestations, it is not uncommon for fleas to be a source of infection and transmission between different hosts. These infections can be quite dangerous to both humans and domestic pets. The most common is typhus but fleas have also been known to be carriers of the bubonic plague. However, the chances of the plague been present with any flea infestation are extremely small.
That been said, the number of illnesses caused by flea bites has increased significantly in the last decade or so and this is often due to oversight by pet owners and ineffective treatment by pest control companies.
Fleas Pest Control: How to manage fleas
Flea infestations should be treated just the same as any serious pest infestation. It is not advised to use home remedies or DIY methods to tackle fleas. Instead, it is better to contact a pest control company such as the Pest Exterminators. In doing so, you are insuring that any flea infestation will be dealt with permanently. There are a variety of methods that can be deployed by a professional pest control company to eradicate a flea infestation and rid both yourself and your domestic pets of the problem.