Fleas are small, wingless pests that usually measure up to 2.5 mm in length. Their bodies are usually a shiny red-brown color and microscopic hairs. Though they don’t have wings, they can jump long distances from host to host.
Because fleas eat blood, they cannot survive without a host. They can live inside and outside, depending on the location of their host. Without a host, fleas live in warm, humid areas, such as grass, under woodpiles, etc. When indoors, fleas live on their hosts, which are usually house pets such as cats and dogs. Flea bites leave itchy, swollen marks on your body or your pet’s bodies. Fleas can also transmit diseases through their bites. Infestations are often very hard to eradicate.
There are a few ways to identify a flea infestation in your home. If your pets are scratching and itching a lot, chances are they have fleas. You may also notice flea bite marks on your skin, which will itch and swell. Adult fleas are visible, and you may see them hopping and leaping on you and your pets.
You can also find flea eggs and larvae in hidden areas of your home, such as your pet’s bed, your carpet, cracks in the floor, and underneath your furniture. Fleas also leave behind “flea dirt” or feces as a sign of their presence. Flea dirt looks like ground black pepper and can be found also in your pet’s bed, their fur, your carpet, etc. If you notice any of these signs, then you need flea control services!
Usually, flea infestations occur from pets. A pet will pick up a flea outside in your yard and then carry them inside, where they will lay eggs and larvae in your pet’s bed and other places that your pet hangs out, such as your carpet and upholstered furniture.
Fleas can also enter your home through other unwanted house pest guests, such as mice. If a mouse is removed from your home, it may leave behind its flea parasites searching for a new host. You and your pets then become the flea’s new food sources.
If fleas are inconveniencing your life and the life and well-being of your pets, then Harper Pest Control has a solution for you! Though they are sneaky critters, we know where they hide! Our CleanGreen crack and crevice treatments will flush them out of harborage areas inside and will create a barrier around the outside of your home, keeping the fleas out of your house.
Call us at 1-800-782-8443 If You See: jumping fleas in your pet’s fur or on you or family members, flea dirt in your carpets, rugs or pet’s bedding, flea larvae and eggs in hidden places or your home, and/or flea bites on you or your pet.
Harper Pest Control is a small, locally-based, family-owned company that has been serving indoor and outdoor pest control needs of Orange County and Riverside County for the last 60+ years. We developed the CleanGreen method, a natural, non-toxic pest control that wipes out pests and protects the health of your loved ones. Our mission is for your life to be pest-free.
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