What are fleas?
While it is true that pets are likely the main reason fleas have found their way into your home, they aren't the only reason. Homeowners with or without pets are at risk of these biting pests finding their way into their yard or home.
Fleas are tiny but tough. Their oval body is flattened from side to side and covered in a hard shell, making it challenging to squish these insects. While they are wingless, their large, powerful back legs allow them to jump more than 150 times their body length!
The sole source of nutrition for these pests is blood from warm-blooded animals. Cats, dogs, rodents, and wild animals are their preferred hosts. They will feed on our blood if we are around, but they don't seek us out.
Are fleas dangerous?
Having fleas lurking around your Hampton Roads, VA property is a health risk to you, your kids, and your pets. Through their bites, they are capable of spreading some diseases. Their bites also leave behind red itchy rashes. Scabbing and scarring can occur when people or animals scratch at the bite sites, and open wounds can lead to secondary infections. Fleas also spread parasitic tapeworm to both people and animals.
Why do I have a flea problem?
Once an adult flea finds and jumps onto an animal host, that is where they will remain throughout their short life. They feed, breed, and the females lay their eggs on their animal hosts. The eggs then roll off the host's body and onto the ground below, where they will develop into new biting fleas.
Wherever animals travel or spend time, there are likely fleas around. When wild animals or even neighborhood pets wander into your yard, they could be leaving being these unwanted tiny terrors.
Fleas also regularly get into our homes on the backs of pets, on wild animal intruders like mice, on people's clothing, or in infested pieces of secondhand furniture or rugs.
Where will I find fleas?
Fleas not on an animal host prefer a dark, damp environment. Outside, fleas gather in areas of tall grass and under decks, woodpiles, leaf piles, and other yard debris.
In addition to your backyard, some of the most common places to come into contact with fleas are campgrounds, parks, dog parks, wooded areas, grassy areas, and dog boarding facilities.
When fleas get into our homes, you may find them in your bedding, dog bedding, upholstered furniture, rugs, and spaces behind baseboards before finding you or your pets to feed on.
How do I get rid of fleas?
Fleas are tricky pests to get rid of; they invade in large numbers and can infest indoor and outdoor spaces. The best way to get rid of these critters from your property is with the help of a professional.
At Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions, we will help you eliminate the fleas currently infesting your property and work closely with you to implement the regular pest control services necessary to keep them from returning. We are committed to our customers and take pride in offering the best services possible! To learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services, please reach out today!
How can I prevent fleas in the future?
Stop fleas from taking over your yard and home by utilizing our most helpful prevention tips.
- Keep your grass cut short.
- Cut back overgrown shrubbery.
- Remove leaf piles, brush piles, and other debris from your yard.
- Limit wild animal activity on your property by keeping lids on trash cans, maintaining gardens, and getting rid of bird and other wild animal feeders.
- Keep rodents from introducing fleas into your home by sealing entry points in its exterior.
- If you own pets, make sure they are on a year-round flea preventative.
If fleas ever become a problem on your property, don't hesitate to reach out to Diamond Exterminators and Crawlspace Solutions; we are here to help!