It’s terrible to see a beloved pet being tortured by fleas. Just a few bites can make your pet miserable night and day. Because fleas breed very quickly, it’s important to take action before a widespread infestation takes hold in your house. Read on to learn about fleas and how Beebe’s can help you get rid of fleas.
- Fleas have a short lifespan, but during that time more than 400 offspring can be produced. Eggs only need 7 to 14 days to hatch, so you can go from a few fleas to hundreds or even thousands in just days.
- Fleas don’t have wings, but theycan jump 150 times their own height and they hitch rides on all types of mammals. They’ll hang onto your shoes and pants, moving along with you.
- If you see rats or mice in your house or on your property, there’s a good chance they’re carrying fleas. Don’t wait to have rodent control professionals come take care of the problem.
- Fleas thrive when the humidity is around 70 percent and the temperature is between 70 and 85 degrees. It’s no surprise that fleas can be a serious problem for southern states!
- Adults make up less than five percent of the flea population in your home. That means more than 95 percent are in other life cycle phases: egg, larva or pupa.
- Fleas can be confused with bed bugs. Although both types of pests feed on blood, there are many differences. Fleas are reddish-brown with a long, skinny oval shape, while bed bugs (which are also reddish-brown) are seed-shaped and flat.
How should I check my pet for fleas?
First, watch for excessive licking, scratching and biting behavior in your pet. When your pet comes in from outside, check it over for fleas, and frequently inspect bedding and soft toys. Closely checking your dog’s most vulnerable flea hiding places, such as their ears, belly, groin and base of the tail.
Use a flea comb to go through the fur on your dog’s legs and back close to the skin. If you comb out any live fleas, immediately put them in a bucket of soapy water.
How long can fleas live in the house?
Without a host to get a blood meal from, undisturbed fleas can live longer than three months. Their average lifespan is two to three months, and female fleas that have just reached adulthood can start laying eggs as soon as she has her first meal.
How many different kinds of fleas are there?
Around the world, there are approximately 2,000 different kinds of fleas and more than 300 species in North America. The flea species you’re most likely to encounter in your home is Ctenocephalides felis, the domestic cat flea and the one that prefers you, your dog and your cat as its host. There is also a species known as the common dog flea, but it’s most often found in Europe rather than the U.S.
Can fleas spread diseases?
Fleas can transmit some types of illnesses to you and your family, such as typhus and cat scratch disease. According to PestWorld, they are the most common transmitter of bubonic plague.They can also be a host for tapeworms that can infect your pet or even humans. Make sure to pick up after your pet in your yard and keep litter boxes covered.
What To Know About Getting Rid of Fleas
With the flea life cycle in mind, it takes effort to completely eliminate an infestation. Take these steps:
- Vacuum frequently for several weeks. Use a new vacuum bag each time, sealing and removing the used bag after you clean.
- Use hot, soapy water to thoroughly launder your pet’s bedding and toys. This can kill eggs, larvae and pupae.
- Kill adult fleas on your pets with dog flea shampoo or cat flea shampoo.
- Check with your veterinarian to see if prescription flea treatments are appropriate and safe for your pet.
- Keep your lawn maintained to eliminate food sources and hiding places for rodents.
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In fact, we pride ourselves with providing you the best customer service experience in the industry. We appreciate your business and also look forward to providing you with prompt and professional service.