Pets are a staple of American life and more and more people are welcoming domesticated animals into their homes. These pets can bring fun companionship, and you love them dearly. But, do you know what else loves your pets? Fleas. Fleas are small, red-ish brown parasites that feed on animal flesh. These bugs range in size from 1/6 to 1/2 inch long, and love to sink their teeth into your pets. Here are some fast facts to know if you have a Treasure Valley Flea Control problem.
- Although fleas prefer animals with fur, they can and will bite humans if given the opportunity
- Flea bites can cause skin problems like irritation, itching, and allergic reactions
- Some fleas carry tapeworms that can be given to their host
- Fleas do not fly, but the can jump up to 8 inches high
- 95% of fleas in your home or on your pets are invisible to the naked eye
- Female fleas live roughly 100 days and can lay 400 to 500 eggs
How do I know if I need flea control?
Because most fleas aren’t visible to the human eye, it can sometimes be tricky to determine if your pet is suffering from fleas or some other skin-related ailment. The most tell-tale sign that your dog or cat has fleas is if they are excessively scratching or grooming themselves. If this is the case, you should take your pet to the vet to determine if fleas are the culprit. If the fleas are big enough to be seen, you should schedule both a vet appointment and an appointment with a licensed pest control agent immediately. Treasure Valley flea control should be your number one priority to keep you and your pet from getting bitten!
Can I take care of a flea problem on my own?
Yes and no. For small flea infestations, personal vigilance and do-it-yourself solutions can greatly reduce or in some cases even eliminate fleas within your home. Taking steps such as keeping up to date on your pet’s flea medication, vacuuming regularly, washing pet beds often, and refraining from placing bird feeders on your property can help reduce the risk of your pet getting fleas. The problem, though, is that most of these steps are preventative. Once you actually have fleas, the problem can quickly get out of hand! Because fleas can reproduce in less than 30 days, and flea eggs can be left behind even after adult fleas are killed, it is best to contact a pest control specialist if you notice a flea infestation.
At Get Lost Pest Control, we can help you with your Treasure Valley flea control needs. Our licensed pest experts will quickly and efficiently solve your flea problem. Contact us today to learn more about our flea elimination and preventative services. We want to keep you — and your pets — healthy, happy, and flea free.