What are fleas?
Fleas (Siphonaptera) are tiny, dark-brown parasitic insects that feed on furry, warm-blooded mammals such as cats, dogs, rabbits, possums, rats, deer, and even birds. Fleas can also bite humans causing an allergic-type reaction. Fleas live in all areas of the United States in various climates and temperatures.
What do fleas look like?
Adult fleas are flat, reddish-brown insects that are usually between 1.5mm to 3.5mm. Fleas do not have wings or compound eyes but do have three pairs of strong developed legs allowing them to jump as much as 150 times there own length. They have sucking mouthparts designed to feed on mammals and birds.
Where do fleas live?
Fleas live in various conditions depending on the life stage. During the first stage, flea eggs can live in your pet’s fur and fall wherever your pet may sleep or live such as bedding, furniture or carpeting. During the larvae stage, the flea prefers dark, narrow and dusty areas that offer protection. During the pupal stage, the flea will live in a cocoon constructed of bits of debris and silk. Adult fleas live only on live animals such as cats, dogs, rodents and other furry animals.
Fleas can also live in your yard within high grass, sand, and sheds where they can find shade and high humidity.
How can I identify fleas?
Check your pets. Are your pets scratching? Also, look for red, irritated skin on the neck, ears, belly or hindquarters of your pet. Fleas tend to congregate around the furrier areas of your pet. Make sure to check all possible hiding places, such as the joint areas and folds of the neck.
Flea dirt(or adult flea feces) can provide proof of activity and looks like dirt specks. It can be found in pet beds, carpets, rugs and other areas where pets or other animals may rest.
What are some of the habits of fleas?
Flea eggs are not attached to the adult body and are about 1/50 of an inch long, translucent and oval.
Adult fleas feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals and sometimes even humans, while larvae feed on organic debris.
Can fleas transmit diseases?
Unfortunately, fleas can transmit diseases and cause infections. Dog fleas are also associated with the life cycle of tapeworms that may also infect children.
How can I get rid of fleas?
From spring to fall, flea control can become a real problem indoors and outdoors. Occasionally, you may even develop a problem in the colder months.
It is important to have dogs and cats on a preventative flea treatment program. In some cases, fleas will develop resistance to the treatments. It is very important that all pets have a product that is working effectively. If you find fleas on your pet, you may need to switch to an alternative product.
How does Barrier Pest Services treat for fleas?
Barrier Pest Services offers an excellent program to get rid of fleas if they become a problem indoors or outside. We can treat the floors in the home with an aerosol that will kill all adult fleas.
The product used by Barrier Pest Service contains a growth regulator that will sterilize the fleas. The flea eggs are in a protective stage and once they hatch, they’ll come into contact with the product and die. The treatment is usually completed in about 30 minutes and everyone, including your pets, will need to stay out of the home for about two hours. Once the treatment is complete, we recommend vacuuming all floor surfaces daily. This will accelerate the control of the problem.
We do not recommend the use of foggers to treat the infestation as most will only reach certain areas. Foggers also lack a growth regulator. This treatment is rarely effective and will only prolong the flea problem.
All flea treatments come with a retreatment guarantee.