flea under a microscope

How To Identify Fleas

The most common species of flea to invade a home is the cat flea. Adult cat fleas are dark reddish-brown in color and have a flattened hard body. Cat fleas are extremely small, growing only to be 1/12th-1/16th of an inch in length. Sometimes they are mistaken for a fleck of dirt until they jump away. Fleas are wingless, but have very powerful back legs that allow them to jump up to 8 inches vertically from the ground.

Why Do I Have A Flea Problem?

Fleas are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals including people, pets, and many wild animals. Fleas are generally introduced onto a property by raccoons, foxes, mice, squirrels and other animals. Once on your property the fleas will jump on your pets or you and make their way into your home.

Are Fleas Dangerous?

Yes, fleas can be dangerous to your pets and possibly your family.  Fleas carry and transmit many diseases, and while rare, they can spread murine typhus and the plague. They are also intermediate hosts of dog tapeworm and rodent tapeworm both of which can infest you and your pets.

Flea bites produce raised red itchy bumps on the skin. If the bites are continuously scratched open they may become infected and require medical attention.

How Do I Control Fleas?

Once fleas have invaded a home they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. They breed very quickly and all of the adult, larvae and eggs need to be found and treated or else a re-infestation will quickly occur. The best way to get rid of fleas is with the help of Russell's Pest Control.  Our year-round home pest control programs not only protect common household pests but also targets fleas that might wander in.  

Flea Prevention Tips

Treating your pets with flea control under the guidance of you veterinarian is one of the best ways to prevent a flea infestation within your home. You should also inspect your pets, yourself and clothing for fleas after coming inside from the outside. Make sure to routinely vacuum your home and wash your pet's bedding. We also recommend keeping your pests of furniture and beds.  

 

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