What Are Fleas?

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Fleas are small, wingless ectoparasites that feed on the blood of their host animals. They use specialized mouthparts called proboscis to penetrate the skin and draw blood. Fleas have been around for millions of years and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Fleas like warm places and to be outside, but they can live inside your home if it is comfortable. They spread by jumping from one place to another or touching an animal or surface with fleas. Flea eggs hatch fast, usually within two days.

Are Fleas Dangerous?

Fleas can be dangerous to your health, as well as that of your pets. They pose a serious public health risk, as they can transmit diseases such as plague, typhus, cat scratch fever, and tapeworms. These parasites also cause skin irritation, resulting in itching, inflammation, and allergic reactions in humans and animals. Furthermore, fleas reproduce quickly, so an infestation in your home or yard can occur if not treated promptly. To help protect yourself and your family from these dangerous parasites, it is important to understand how to prevent flea infestations and treat them should one occur. Fleas are also highly adaptable and challenging to eliminate without specialized treatments or pesticides.

Why Do I Have a Flea Problem?

Flea infestations are usually caused by a combination of factors, including high humidity and the presence of pets or other animals. Dogs and cats are most commonly affected due to their fur; however, any animal with fur can be a host for fleas. Fleas can enter your home on you or your pet’s clothing or body, and they may also hitchhike inside on other animals, such as rodents or birds, that make their way into your home. With each female able to lay up to 50 eggs per day, it does not take long for an infestation to get out of control.

Where Will I Find Fleas?

Fleas are commonly found in carpeted areas, such as bedrooms and living rooms. In addition, they can hide out in furniture crevices, pet bedding, and other hidden spaces that pets or humans may frequent. You’ll also need to check cracks and crevices along baseboards and door frames for signs of flea activity. Fleas are a common in many outdoor areas, especially near wooded areas and fields. Fleas are typically found on plants and grasses, feeding on small insects and other food sources. They can also be found in trees or around water sources such as ponds, streams, and rivers. Fleas are most active during the day when it is warm outside. You may be able to spot them jumping around an infested area.
How Do I Get Rid of Fleas?

The professionals at Kansas City Pest Control use various techniques to get rid of fleas, such as treating the home with pesticides, using special vacuum cleaners that trap flea eggs and larvae, and utilizing insect growth regulators (IGRs), which prevent flea eggs from hatching. Additionally, it is essential to treat pets with an approved flea control product and bathe them regularly. Our professional exterminators may also inspect your home for other sources of infestation, such as cracks in walls or furniture where adult fleas can hide and lay their eggs. Finally, we recommend that flea control treatments should be repeated every few weeks until all signs of infestation are gone.

How Do I Prevent Flea Infestations in the Future?
Once you have eliminated the existing flea infestation, you can take steps to prevent a future infestation. First, ensure your pet is on an appropriate flea prevention program prescribed by your veterinarian. This may include topical treatments, flea collars, shampoos, or oral medications. Regular vacuuming of carpets and furniture can help remove existing eggs, larvae, and pupae from the environment. Vacuum bags should be disposed of immediately in a sealed plastic bag outside the home. Additionally, wash all bedding (including pet bedding) regularly in hot water to kill adult fleas or their eggs. Finally, keep lawns mowed short to discourage flea activity and limit potential habitats.

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