What is a flea?
Fleas are small, flat, wingless shiny reddish-brown insects that are covered in tiny microscopic hairs. They never measure much more than 2.5 millimeters in length. Their diet consists of blood collected from a living host which can be either a human or animal. They prefer hosts covered in hair such as dogs, cats, cows, rabbits, squirrels, and similar animals. When a flea lays eggs, they are not attached to its host and are instead laid in or on nearby upholstery and fabric including rugs, carpet, bedding, laundry piles, and similar areas.
Since fleas depend on blood to survive, if they’ve infested your home it is because they’ve been brought in via a host, likely a family member or pet.
Are fleas dangerous?
Fleas do not pose direct disease transference health risks to humans, but having them in or near your home or business can lead to bites that then lead to problematic itching. This itching, long term, can lead to potential wounds and infections. Allergic reactions are also a potential problem, as well as the exacerbation of existing allergies or asthma. All that said, we wouldn’t label fleas as inherently dangerous but we do consider them to be troubling, irritating, and generally inconvenient.
Why do I have fleas?
The main reason anyone gets fleas inside their home is general bad luck. You picked them up somewhere and once they found themselves inside a nice, warm, safe house with a living host they could feed off of – they decided to stay.
How can I prevent fleas?
There are a number of avenues you can go down to help with flea prevention, and they’re all fairly easy to undertake. First, make sure that the outside of your home doesn’t have a lot of vegetation build-up. Trim back especially long grass, weeds, bushes, or trees. Keep yard away from your homes perimeter. Vacuum your carpets and rugs as often as you’re able to suck up any eggs that may have made their homes there before they’re able to hatch. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, pay special attention to your pets, especially if they spend a lot of time outside. Give them a quick brush down every time they enter your home from the outdoors and use anti-flea drops on pets if they’re going to be outdoors for an extended amount of time.
How can Gregory Pest remove fleas from my home or business?
An expert exterminator from Gregory Pest Solutions will be your full-service pest solutions provider specializing in the effective removal and prevention of fleas from your home or business.
Whether your problem is seeing a few or an entire family of fleas, our experts will develop a plan of action that will eliminate any that are currently in your property. Using expert knowledge, we can guarantee you peace-of-mind knowing that fleas will not continue to be a problem for you.