The terrible aggravation of having a house full of fleas is something every pet owner has experienced, or at least will experience, sometime during their time of owning a pet. No matter how careful you are, a dog or cat can bring fleas in with them at any given time. It could be fleas picked up out of the grass or fleas acquired during your morning walk with your dog. You may have exposed Fido to fleas when the neighbor’s dog came over to play. Regardless how it happens, fleas can quickly take over and spread throughout the house.
Although it may come as a surprise to some, fleas can become a problem even in homes of non-pet families. Fleas can be found on mice or any other hairy animal. They can also come in on your clothing if you have been in a rather heavily infested place. Fleas need a host for survival, but they do not deposit eggs on the host. They will lay eggs in the carpet, curtains, upholstery, or bedding. The hatched larva can then feed off the fecal matter of adult fleas for a period of time.
Fleas cannot fly but are capable of jumping long distances. They are small, wingless insects. While they prefer dogs, cats, mice, rats, rabbits or squirrels, they will bite humans especially in places an animal does not exist. The adult flea is rather easy to see, especially when arriving home after an extended absence. The hungry fleas will quickly begin jumping around to land on humans or pets in their need for a blood meal. The flea eggs and larvae are another situation altogether. They are not easily seen and usually in out-of-the-way places such as under furniture, burrowed in the carpet, and even inside cracks and grooves in flooring. The eggs will fall off the host as the pet or mouse moves through the house.
Your Veterinarian can instruct you with the type of flea treatment to use on your pet, but getting rid of fleas in the home can be very difficult. It is estimated that one flea can live 3 or 4 months and deposit as many as 400-500 eggs during that time frame. As you can see, just a few fleas brought into the home can quickly become a serious infestation.
At Active Pest Control, our technicians are knowledgeable, have the experience, and utilize state-of-the-art technology to safely treat the entire home and solve your flea problems. We will also instruct you, prior to treatment, on how to prepare for treatment, making the process much easier and successful. Contact us today and let us eliminate fleas from your home.
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