Fleas have long legs in comparison to the size of their bodies, this is what enables them to jump so well. In fact, fleas are one of the best jumpers of all the animals, they can jump straight up 7” and 13” horizontally!
To put that into context, that’s approximately 80 times their own height, imagine being able to do that!
However, while a flea may prefer to bite your pets, they are not above biting you as well. The problem is that they can carry an array of disease, including typhus and plague. That’s not something you want in a hurry.
If you think you have a flea issue it’s advisable to get your local pest control experts involved as early as possible.
Fleas actually lay between 40-50 eggs a day, and they’ll do this every day for 50 days That’s a lot of new fleas from just one, you can quickly see how the problem will grow.
The pupae will remain dormant until the conditions are right, then they’ll hatch and become an instant issue for your pets and you. Their bites are itchy, in many dogs the bites which itch long after they’ve healed, causing allergy problems and your dog may injure themselves when scratching vigorously.
Getting The Flea Exterminator
You’ll know it’s time to call your pest control company when you spot any or all of the following:
- Your dog is itching excessively and has small red marks on their skin if you can see it.
- You’ve seen more than one flea in your home. This may be on the floor, curtain, or the couch.
- A flea has bitten you. They are quick moving but you’ll be able to catch them and will notice they are not easy to kill without chemical aid.
What To Do
The first step is definitely to get professional help, even the professionals can find it difficult to eliminate every flea in your home, you’ll need their help to get rid of the issue.
The second is to start cleaning. This means deep cleaning to ensure the pupae are sucked out of carpets, curtains, and any other soft furnishings. Ideally, you should be doing the whole house but, you can start by focusing on the high traffic areas and where your pets sleep.
There are plenty of chemical aids you can get to assist you but it is advisable to let the professionals do this and you simply clean up afterward.
Insecticides are commonly used to destroy fleas in every stage of their development. Again, this is where the professionals should step in for you.
Finally, don’t forget to wash your pets thoroughly and treat them for fleas. If you don’t they’ll simply start the whole process again. You can purchase products in the store for this but you may find your vet has a better, more effective option.
A flea infestation is not fun for you or your pets, the quicker you take action the better.