Fleas are parasitic pests that are found throughout the U.S. with mouthparts that allow them to bite through the skin of their hosts to consume their blood. The most common type is cat fleas, with dog fleas also found to a lesser extent. Fleas are wingless, and generally measure about ¼ inch long with a dark brown or black appearance.

dog scratching fleas

Fleas are excellent jumpers that allow them to land on potential animal hosts, or on the pant legs or footwear of passing humans. Although mostly viewed as a nuisance, these pests can carry diseases. Most indoor flea infestations occur when these creatures are brought into a home aboard dogs or cats; however, homes without a pet may become infested if wild animals invade attics, or areas beneath a structure. They can generate dozens of eggs each day that remain in the fur of their hosts that will later hatch, and transition as larvae and pupae before reaching adulthood. In addition to domestic animals, fleas will also commonly target rodents, and many other wild animals. Pet owners can use a flea comb to pass through the fur to look for evidence of these pests. 

How Dangerous Are Fleas? 

Cat fleas can spread harmful pathogens as they travel among hosts. Both humans and animals may have allergic reactions when bitten by fleas that result in itchy, red, and irritated skin. Some of the problems associated with fleas include tapeworm, murine typhus, tungiasis, bartonellosis, tularemia, and several bacterial concerns. 

Best Practices For Preventing Fleas 

  • The number of fleas can be reduced by thoroughly vacuuming carpets and upholstered furniture. Be sure to promptly seal and dispose of vacuum bags containing fleas and their eggs, and consider having carpets professionally steam cleaned. 

  • Your pets should be treated as advised by a veterinarian for the prevention of fleas and ticks. The professional treatment options in the market today have proven to be safe and effective. 

  • Briefly inspect your pet for any evidence of fleas before re-entering the home from outdoor activity.

  • If you suspect a problem, wash all pet bedding with hot water and machine dry.

Do I Need A Professional Pest Exterminator? 

Retailers today promote many do-it-yourself home treatment options that include sprays, concentrated granular formulas, and foggers that are generally ineffective in eradicating fleas and their eggs. Homeowners often try these products with great optimism; however, these efforts tend to result in further frustration, as fleas are surprisingly resilient and reproduce at an overwhelming rate. Safety concerns may also exist, because these store-bought options could contain harsh chemicals that produce noxious fumes when exposed to other cleaning products, or materials that exist in the home. 
 
Contacting a local pest control specialist is the recommended response to these types of concerns. The experts will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior areas of the property to accurately determine the type of problem, and the best treatment options.  The professional may also identify any existing conditions that could invite future pest intrusions. 

Licensed Provider Of Pest Control Services 

As a result of superb training and industry compliance, the team of professionals with Pestmaster® Services has been recipients of many awards and recognition, including GreenPro and QualityPro certifications. We recognize the importance of performing our services using products and treatment methods that have proven to be safe for our customers, their pets, and the local Columbus environment. 
 
Our technician will efficiently banish infestations involving fleas, bed bugs, termites, rodents, and many other bothersome and potentially dangerous pests. Please contact our office today to schedule an on-site assessment, and a complimentary estimate of our flea control services. Remember to ask our representative about our comprehensive year-round pest protection plans.

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