Things to Know About Fleas
Fleas, which are blood-sucking ectoparasites, are common throughout the country. During warmer weather, they are found outside, and are brought into our living spaces inadvertently by pets or people. This happens either when they are transferred from an infested location, or from contact with an infested host. Nobody wants to deal with fleas, but once they’re inside your home, it’s difficult to get rid of them. In fact, interior infestations may continue year-round, requiring regular pest control.
If you’re at the point where a flea infestation in your home is becoming a nuisance, Eastside Exterminators can help. Call to schedule flea removal services from our excellent technicians at 425-482-2101.
The Capabilities of Fleas
Generally, the fleas we deal with in daily life most frequently feast on the blood of dogs, cats, and humans. By far the most common flea species is the Cat flea—a very small, dark, and wedge-shaped wingless insect. Less commonly found is the Dog flea, which is bigger and lighter-colored. While their names suggest their favorite hosts, both will feed on either cats or dogs, and on humans. Other kinds of fleas include those that feed on birds, bats, rats, and more. In other words, fleas can enter your property on the back of many kinds of structural pest species. This is a secondary reason to seek out services like rodent control that many homeowners don’t think about.
Usually, a flea infestation reveals itself when adult fleas from pets start biting people. Biting usually occurs on the lower part of the legs, due to the relative height of average pets. However, at any given time, only about 10% of a flea population consists of adults. The rest of the population is in the egg, larval or pupal stages. Professional flea control necessarily takes this fact into account when dealing with fleas. A treatment which only kills the adults may provide some temporary relief, but the problem returns as more of adult fleas mature from the larval and pupal stages.
Getting Rid of Fleas
Fleas can be a big challenge to clear out of your property once you’re infested. With that said, there are a few things you can do to prevent an infestation from getting started.
- Maintain a well-groomed lawn to prevent hiding spots and food sources.
- Clean and vacuum your home frequently, especially around carpets.
- Treatment of all pets by a professional on an ongoing basis.
Eastside Exterminators has offered proven pest control services to families throughout the Greater Seattle Area since 1969. Among our many services, we are experienced in flea control. We know that there are dangers associated with living in a house with fleas because they can transmit fatal diseases. If nothing else, they can cause allergic reactions in pets and your loved ones through saliva transmitted in their bites. When you call on Eastside Exterminators to get rid of fleas, you can count on us for:
- Experienced pest management professionals.
- Ongoing preventative treatment programs.
- Use of eco-friendly products and methods.
This all means that our flea control solutions will help you resolve your problem quickly and effectively. Furthermore, with our other services like wildlife removal, we can help you keep animals out that bring them in. To learn more about our proven, affordable services, call us at 425-482-2101.