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Flea Identification & Prevention

What are fleas?

Fleas are ectoparasites, which means they live outside of a host. They are tiny insects that feed on warm-blooded animals. Although you might not be able to distinguish their features without magnification, fleas have six long legs, are reddish-brown, and are wingless. Their legs end in claws and are powerful, making them good jumpers.

Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas are not only stressful and frustrating to deal with, but they also pose significant health risks to animals and people. When fleas bite, they can break the skin. This wound can become infected with flea dirt, a nicer term for feces. Fleas can spread typhus, plague, and cat-scratch fever. They can also lead to tapeworms, secondary infections, and other concerns caused by the stress and insomnia experienced during an infestation.

Why do I have a flea problem?

Domesticated animals aren’t the only hosts that fleas feed on. In fact, if your cat or dog has fleas, they likely picked them up from a wild animal, whether directly or indirectly. When wild animals move around your yard, they can drop fleas and their eggs, which can then latch onto your pet.

If you don’t have any pets, you may still experience a flea problem if you have a rodent or wildlife infestation in your home. Many of these animals that carry fleas are opportunistic and will make their way into your house if there is an available entry point.

Where will I find fleas?

As stated above, fleas can be deposited in a yard by wildlife. They will move toward shady, moist areas like tall grass, leaf piles, and other organic debris. While lush foliage in your yard might look nice, it can provide fleas, and other annoying pests, with harborage.

If fleas make their way into a home on a pet, they can be found around that pet’s bedding and where the animal is most active. They also gravitate toward carpeting, where larvae can sometimes live for months.

How do I get rid of fleas?

At Bite Away Termite & Pest Control, we understand how frustrating a flea infestation can be. While fleas can transmit diseases, their mere presence is enough to cause stress in both people and pets. To get rid of fleas quickly and effectively, we perform a pest inspection and provide interior treatment, which focuses on carpeted areas and exterior treatment of the yard and perimeter. We also recommend having pets treated by a veterinarian and that you wash pet bedding, vacuum rugs, furniture, baseboards, and seal and dispose of the vacuum’s contents right away before we perform our services. Taking these steps will help to ensure that fleas don’t come back again.

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How can I prevent fleas in the future?

Want to keep fleas from becoming a problem again on your San Diego property? You can do this by implementing a few easy practices. Deter wildlife and rodents from entering your yard and home by installing fencing and sealing cracks in your foundation, roofline, and exterior walls. Remove food sources that attract animals carrying fleas using garbage cans with tight-fitting lids that cannot be easily knocked over, harvest gardens before fruits and vegetables over-ripen, and remove bird feeders. Make sure your pet isn’t a host for fleas by using a vet-approved flea preventative; this won’t only keep your pet from bringing fleas into your home but will also protect them from the diseases fleas can cause. Regularly vacuum your home to remove any eggs or fleas that have gotten in. If you have a pet, focus on where they spend time. Make your yard less conducive to fleas by keeping the grass and shrubbery short and reducing shaded, moist areas.

Don’t forget our experts at Bite Away Termite & Pest Control can help with fleas and any other pest problem you are experiencing. Call today for more information about our eco-friendly pest control solutions!