Fleas – The Invisible Family Pet
Fleas can be excruciating to control. Fleas are tiny reddish brown insects with no wings. They have a mouth especially adapted to suck blood from their host. Fleas have proportionately long legs when compared to their body size of two to seven millimeters. This enables them to jump quite far distances. They usually travel on animals’ fur as the fur allows them a place to burrow without detection. Cats and dogs are two of the animals that can be afflicted with a flea infestation. Cats are responsible for about 75% of all infestation issues. They usually reach their peak in the hot, humid months of later summer like September.
Fleas can lay anywhere from three to 18 eggs at a times and can lay up to 500 eggs over a period of just a few months. These eggs hatch and thrive in dark dank areas. They grow for about 14 days at which time they spin a cocoon in order to transform into the adult form most people are familiar with. These young fleas can fall off into carpet and upholstery. This when people tend to notice them the most.
People will first notice they have a flea infestation when they start to notice bites. A flea will bite their host leaving behind a small red dot that itches. These bites can be on themselves or on pets. Dog and cat fleas can soon become severe human pests when things are left to run rampant. Flea control removal treatment can then turn into a rigorous and daunting task that seems to be a never ending battle.
Diseases carried by fleas
Fleas can be carriers of a litany of disease pathogens. Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Erlichiosis, Rickettsiae, Meningoencephalitis, and Tapeworms can all be contracted through flea infestation.
Due to the fact that dogs and cats are often afflicted by fleas and they are the most common domesticated animals that can be affected by fleas, dog and cat fleas are the most common to be found in people’s homes.
Managing and removing them
As mentioned above, flea control removal treatment can be a time consuming uphill battle. Many do-it-yourself treatments do not contain potent enough insecticides to get the job done efficiently and may quickly become a costly fiasco. A veterinarian’s advice is best when trying to rid your pets of fleas as some removal treatments may be more harmful than others. When striving to rid your home of the little blood suckers many methods may be considered.
Good housekeeping practices are definitely important. Frequent vacuuming and careful disposal of the bag or lint cup contents is a must. A reputable pest control company can offer their expertise in this arena. Flea treatments by a reputable pest control company involve the use of pesticides that have been proven to work. When a home is treated for fleas, all soft bedding, furniture and flooring (i.e. carpet)are sprayed. These items should be left undisturbed for eight to ten days to enable the most efficient results.
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