Fleas are a big summer pest, but they can also be around in the fall months. It is important to continue to check your pets for fleas this season.
Fleas are hungry little parasites that feed on any warm-blooded body. This makes it very easy for pets to bring them inside and spread them throughout your house.
Here are some flea-fighting tips from the National Pest Management Association:
- Keep your lawn groomed. Untended lawns provide hiding spots and food sources for rodents and other animals that fleas feed on.
- Fleas can hitch rides on rodents. If you notice a rodent problem on your property, fleas are just one more reason to call Exterminators immediately to remedy the problem.
- Bathe and groom your pets regularly and use flea treatments as recommended by your veterinarian. Try not to let your pets just wander in tall grass.
- If you have pets, you most likely vacuum constantly. Continue to keep up with regular cleaning and vacuuming your home frequently to remove any fleas that may have moved in to your home.
Fleas can live for about 100 days. In those 100 day,s a female flea can produce 400-500 offspring. Fleas usually remain on their hosts at all times. These pests use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8” vertically, which is 150 times their own height. If we could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers.
The saliva of a flea can cause serious flea allergy in pets and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets, which is why pet owners need to stay on top of their pets health and care. Flea bites on a human are usually painful, itchy red bumps on your skin.