What is a Flea?
Fleas are tiny parasites that are a common problem among homeowners in our region, especially those with pets. Only about 1/8 of an inch in length, fleas range in color from brown to reddish-brown and are known for the ability to jump about 8 inches high. Fleas are attracted to warm-blooded animals including dogs and local wildlife.
Why Do I Have Them?
If you are a pet owner it is likely that fleas were introduced into your home by attaching to your pet’s hair. If you do not have pets, it is possible that a neighbor’s pet or wildlife crossing your property exposed you to fleas. Fleas can also be transported by other pests, such as mice.
Are They Dangerous?
Despite their small size, fleas can be quite a headache and fleabites produce varied reactions among humans, including minor itching and redness to an allergic reaction. They are also known to transmit murine typhus and plague. Fleas are intermediate hosts of dog tapeworm and smaller pets may become anemic due to fleas consuming too much of their blood.
How Do I Get Rid of Fleas?
Because fleas have the ability to reproduce quickly (approximately 30 days in ideal conditions) they can be hard to control. Flea pest control is made more difficult due to the fact that these pests are often introduced onto properties by outside sources. Contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control at the first sign of an infestation is the most effective way to ensure your property is kept free of fleas.
Can I Do it Myself?
For small infestations that are caught early, yes, you can likely take care of it yourself using supplies sold at retail stores. For a more major infestation, you should call a professional. Plunkett’s Pest Control technicians are highly trained on flea behavior and treatment and are ready to help get rid of flea infestations with comprehensive pest control services.
How Soon Can You Get Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience while resolving your flea problems in the most cost-effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent Fleas in the Future?
Proper treatment for your pets may help reduce your chances of experiencing a flea problem and should be discussed with your vet. Otherwise, fleas are hard to prevent as they can be introduced onto your property and into your home from unidentified sources.