Everything You Need to Know About Your Pesky Uninvited Guests

Attack of the Fleas

Owning a home comes with a lot of responsibility. Not only do you have stay up to date with all the logistics of actually owning your own home, but you also have to protect your property from unwanted guests.

The unwanted guests we’re referring to: fleas.

Fleas are parasites that feed on warm-blooded animals and humans. Usually, if your home has a serious flea problem, that means your dog or your cat has been infested with these pests. If the infested area is severely infected, however, or when other hosts are unavailable, fleas will migrate and begin feeding on humans.

If you’ve been waking up to tiny, unexplained red marks on your feet, ankles, and legs, then you should immediately check your pets for fleas. Here’s a tip: check under and behind your dog or cat’s ears.

These fleas can jump about 8 inches in the air and up to 16 inches horizontally, making it much easier to maneuver around your home, from pet to pet, or from pet to you.

Unfortunately, once they’re safe and warm inside your home, fleas will rapidly multiply. The best way to rid your home of these unwanted fleas for good is to consult commercial pest control services and speak with an experienced exterminator.

Before it’s too late, though, you should regularly inspect your home and your pets to make sure these pests aren’t already feeding around your property. Every year, Americans spend approximately $9 billion dealing with fleas. These bugs usually reside in warm, moist, and human areas, so those should be the areas of your property you inspect the most.

It’s difficult to identify a flea issue before it becomes a nuisance, and not just because the average flea ranges from just one-twelfth to one-six inches long. The hungrier fleas get, the more active they will become when they finally have a chance to feed. So if you and your family and pets leave the house for an extended period of time, if fleas are present they will become extremely hungry and then highly active once you return.

Just like ticks and other bloodsucking insects, fleas are attracted to (exhaled) carbon dioxide, movement, and body heat.

A few fleas that hopped on your dog in the backyard can turn into a serious problem for your entire home. That’s why commercial or residential pest control services should be contacted as soon as possible. Female fleas are the ones to really look out for. These females will lay eggs every day until she has produced up to 400 eggs, which then develop into flea larvae that feed on organic debris and the feces of adult fleas.

If you’re in search of residential or commercial pest control services in Tucson, give contact Essential Pest Control today!

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