If you live near the mountains or campsites, like those of us in the New Plymouth area, you have probably heard of fleas biting onto cats and dogs. Unfortunately, those pesky little bloodsuckers will bite humans too. If you go camping this summer, maybe to Neat Retreat RV Park or Kiwanis Park, be mindful of fleas as they are most active in warm weather. Fleas can also tend to hang around your backyard, or wherever they can find a warm bodied host. Get Lost Pest Control has the equipment necessary to be your go-to New Plymouth flea exterminator!
Fleas are flat, and are mostly brown or black in color, with long skinny legs. They have six legs total and antennae. Fleas also lay white, oval eggs that can be so tiny you may need a magnifying glass to see them.
Fleas can be dangerous to both you and your pets. Get Lost Pest Control New Plymouth exterminators want you to know that fleas can cause more than one type of health concern.
Dogs and cats:
Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Tapeworms – if your dog swallows fleas
Pain around bite
Flea-borne spotted fever
Cat scratch fever
Limit the amount of time you and your pets spend outdoors
Limit contact with wild and stray animals
Make sure you and your pets bathe regularly
Check for fleas regularly if you are outside in a place where they may be prevalent
Fleas thrive in humidity, so it’s important to have the least amount of humidity as possible
If fleas get on your pets, it is important to wash them with warm soap and water. After that, make sure to comb through their fur with a flea comb. If fleas get on you or your family, you can use anti-itch creams, lotions, or ointments.
For treating fleas in your yard, one of the most effective methods is to use an insecticide or a pesticide. However, fleas can be hard to remove, and there is a chance they could latch onto you or your pets. Our team of Get Lost Pest Control professionals do not want you to risk flea bites, so let us put your mind at ease and be your New Plymouth flea exterminator!