External parasites, fleas are wingless insects with mouthparts that can pierce skin and suck
Fleas are very small, wingless insects that depend on a host to survive. Their host are mainly animals. Over time, they have been apart of the largest plagues know to main kind because of their tendency to feed on rats, dogs, cats, and even humans. The type of fleas that are dominant in your area would be the cat flea and human flea. Both will use you as a host.
Fleas are parasitic, blood-feeding insects that often enter homes in the fur of household pets. The life cycle of fleas involves four distinct life stages – egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Recognizing the pests in each of these stages is vital for control:
Flea infestations most likely will come from a pet dog or cat. Fleas will attach to the animal when they go outside for a walk or in the back yard and then infest its fur and transferred to where the animal sleeps indoors. Flea prevention for both the home and yard is very difficult without a proactive flea removal plan.
Flea bites may leave the host with numerous swollen, itchy marks. They may cause allergic reactions in some people and can transmit several diseases. Furry pets are the most at risk. Fleas can bite people and pets and can be a big nuisance.The most serious aspect of a flea infestation is often the time and effort it takes to remove. Dealing with the problem requires treating infected animals, cleaning flea-infested areas, and taking preventative measures to keep the fleas from returning.
Since the immature stages of fleas are very obscure and mysterious, the first thing the homeowner should do is contact their pest control professional for assistance. Over the counter products can cause the misuse of a label and cause the problem to get worse.
A technician will perform a thorough inspection and find
areas where the immature stages of the flea population are residing.
After completing the inspection, the next step is preparing the flea management plan.
This plan will include:
Species – identifying the flea species causing the problem.
Education – explaining the flea’s life cycle and how their habits, habitat and behavior affects the control plan.
Hosts – inspecting for the presence of other animals that are the flea population’s source of food. This may include rodents either inside or outside the home or perhaps a raccoon or feral cat that is living in the crawl space.
Vets – homeowner contacting their veterinarian for advice and purchase of flea control products that can be used on pets.
Bathing – regular bathing and grooming of pets.
Chemicals – explaining the use of growth regulators that will interfere with the flea’s normal development into the adult stage.
Vacuum – using a strong vacuum to physically remove flea eggs, larvae, pupae and adults.
Bedding – frequently washing and drying pet bedding.
Products – treating affected areas by using safe and effective flea control products where immature fleas may be located.
Inspections – scheduling a follow-up visit.
For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact your local Truly Green Pest Service branch office.