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What You Need To Know About Fleas

Fleas are everywhere, even if you don’t own pets. Fleas can get into your home via any mammal host. These small, wingless insects are common pests of wildlife such as raccoons and rabbits and mice. As wild critters crawl around your yard, they deposit flea eggs that grow into adult fleas who are looking for a warm home. Any pets offer the new crop of fleas a warm safe environment, a source of food (blood), and a good place to raise a flea family. Pets can also pick up fleas from other infested dogs or cats.

 

Since fleas are relatively easy to see in their adult stage, most of the attention is directed at adult fleas. Adult fleas are pretty easy to locate, especially if the homeowner and their pets return to the house after a long absence during which the resident flea adults were not able to feed. Upon returning home, the homeowners are often greeted by fleas jumping around and trying to land on them and their pets. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 in (18 cm) and horizontally up to 13 in (33 cm), making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size).

 

In winter, freezing temperatures can kill off eggs and larvae in the outdoor environment, but any that are inside the home are protected. It’s actually not very common to find fleas in household bedding (aside from pet bedding) unless the pet sleeps in the same bed as a homeowner.

 

The most obvious sign of fleas among pet owners is the animal’s scratching and constant grooming, due to the flea activity as they feed. People may also experience bites which leave behind an itchy red mark (check with a doctor as there can be several causes of skin irritation beside fleas). Flea dirt is another sign of flea activity. Flea dirt, the adult flea feces, looks like similar to coarse ground black pepper. It can be found in carpets, rugs, and other areas where the animal host resides.

 

To make sure that your home is clear of fleas, contact DM Pest Control today.

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