Discovering that you have a flea problem can be very discouraging. This particular bug is difficult to eliminate. Especially if fleas have been there for some time already. We recommend immediate control of the problem before it worsens, making it more difficult to eliminate the fleas. Give us a call today and our specialists will happily assist you!
These pests are little and do not have wings, varying in size up to 2.5 mm long, generally, and are expert jumpers.
They are red brown and glossy, with very small hairs compressed to make movement through fur much easier. They have small spinal columns covering their bodies and piercing mouth-parts which are used to draw blood. A flea will feast upon its host (individual or animal) and their larvae will eat organic matter, including their feces until it develops.
Fleas do not connect eggs on a host, however this means they are connecting them to items in areas of your home such as the carpets, rugs, furniture, etc. Their eggs usually hatch out quickly; as quickly as two days.
People are not their host of choice and they will have a difficult time sustaining a good population if human beings are their only host option. If you have animals in the house, the fleas can quickly populate, oftentimes before you have actually addressed the problem. In addition to your pets, you may see them in your yard that might have come from other animal hosts consisting of squirrels, deer, rabbits, mice and other animals, both wild and domestic.
How Flea Infestations Start
Fleas will not attach their eggs to a host, however they can still lay them on a host. The eggs then fall off the host and onto the surface or furniture where the host is; the bed, carpeting, floor, etc. The eggs start hatching within 12 days. The larvae will eat raw material that they find in neighboring crevices and fractures, avoiding the light. The pupal stage arrives within eighteen days and is when they seem cocooned. Those with pets or livestock are at higher threat for an infestation. If you catch the problem promptly you can definitely get rid of the fleas in just a couple of treatments. However, if you wait too long it can take numerous treatments.
You can easily examine your home to determine if there is need for concern. There are a variety of indications which can show their activity such as pets who cannot seem to stop grooming themselves or scratch a lot. Most owners find them on their pets promptly and all it takes is a quick examination of your animal’s fur.
In addition, your pets might not be the only ones dealing with them. You might also begin to see small bites that ended up being irritated and scratchy if they begin biting you as well. However, they aren’t the only insects that can cause red, itchy bites. Your doctor or some quick research can help you to determine if the bites are caused by fleas.
Dirt-like residue is a sign of flea activity. It is their feces and it looks like dirt or pepper. You’ll likely discover their feces on your pet, however it might be found on your animal’s bed linen, the rugs and carpeting or other locations your animals regularly sleep or rest.
Contact our Pest Experts Now
We concentrate on the infested locations (generally an animal’s bed linen, living space, and so on) and when finished, we will certainly offer further information for protecting your property from fleas invading in the future. Call (317) 886-1034 today to see how our solutions work.