Fleas are small, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of their hosts. These wingless insects possess long hind legs that enable them to jump up to 7 inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally. Because of their impressive jumping ability and insatiable need for blood, fleas often make their home on our companion animals, thereby entering our homes.
What Attracts Fleas to Your Home?
Fleas are not necessarily attracted to your home, but they are attracted to the warm-blooded mammals that live there. A female flea will consume about 15 times its weight in blood each day. In order to satisfy their need for blood, fleas will bite any viable host, including cats, dogs, house guests, and residents alike.
Signs of a Flea Infestation
The most obvious sign of fleas is a family pet that is clearly uncomfortable, scratching and even biting at its skin where it has been bitten. If you examine the pet's coat, you may find fleas and/or small dark spots of flea excrement. Fleas can also be found in carpets and rugs, where they will bite any host that passes by. You may find that you have fleabites on your feet, ankles, and lower calves.
Are Fleas a Health Concern for Humans and Pets?
Fleas are a common nuisance for pets and people but are they dangerous? Beyond the physical discomfort caused by fleabites, these pests can spread a variety of unwanted diseases and parasites. Fleabites place animals at risk for anemia and flea allergy dermatitis. Animals who ingest infected fleas can contract tapeworms. Likewise, humans can contract tapeworms and have allergic reactions at the site of the fleabite. Infected fleas have also been known to transmit various forms of typhus and plague to human hosts through bites.
Contact ARD Pest Control to Treat Flea Infestations
Flea infestations are a nuisance and put our families at risk. Treatment plans for your specific home can be assessed by ARD Professional Technicians, and together, we can find an affordable solution to rid your home of these unwanted pests.
ARD Pest Control's residential pest control services can eliminate these disease-transmitting pests from your home. To ensure your family's safety, contact ARD today for an appointment.