What do fleas look like?
Adult fleas can be seen by the human eye but they are very tiny and many people mistake them for a speck of dirt or dust. Adults only grow to between 1/12th and 1/6th of an inch in length.
They have hard bodies that protect them from being squished, are reddish brown in color, and are wingless. Fleas have an 8 inch vertical jump thanks to their 6 long and powerful legs.
Are fleas dangerous?
Fleas are a danger to the health of both people and pets. They transmit some very serious diseases and parasites including tapeworms. Their saliva can create an allergic reaction in both people and animals causing a severe itchy dermatitis; the constant itching can lead to an infection that requires medical attention.
If a pet has a very severe infestation the fleas constantly feeding on their blood can cause them to become anemic.
Why do I have a flea problem?
Fleas are often introduced onto properties by wild animals, they can then be picked up by family pets when spending time outside and introduced into your home when they come inside. However, contrary to popular beliefs, homes that don’t have pests living inside of them can also be infested by fleas. Fleas can be introduced into homes on used furniture or rugs, or after fleas have jumped onto you or your family members clothing or shoes while spending time outside.
Can I control fleas?
Trying to eliminate a flea infestation is very difficult; they can hide throughout your home and lay their eggs in all its cracks and crevices. The experienced pest control professionals at Arrow Pest Control have the training and knowledge needed to quickly and safely find and eliminate all the adults and their eggs that are hiding in your home through our residential service options. If fleas have decided to invade your New Jersey home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control today!
How do I make my property less attractive to fleas?
There are several steps that you can take to help prevent fleas from entering into your home.
- Any pets living in your home should be treated with a flea preventative under the guidance of their veterinarian.
- Pet bedding should be regularly washed.
- As best you can try to keep your furry family members off of upholstered furniture and beds.
- Regularly vacuum carpets, furniture, wash floors, and launder bedding.
- Do not feed wild animals to help reduce their numbers on your property.
- Inspect your clothing for fleas before coming inside after coming in from spending time outside.
- If at all possible try not to purchase used furniture, rugs, and clothing.
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