flea isolated on a white background.Fleas are 1-3 mm in size and a shiny, reddish brown in color. Although they’re most often associated with cats and dogs, they can also live and feed on the blood of humans, birds and reptiles. Fleas don’t have wings, but they are able to jump long distances (nearly 4 feet), making it easy for them to move from one host to the next.

Even if you don’t have pets, it’s possible for your home to be infested with fleas. Another pest, such as a mouse or rat, could bring them into your house; even if the rodent is removed, the flea infestation could continue as these pests will move on to other mammals in the home, such as the people that live there.

How to Tell if You Have Fleas

The most common indication of fleas is your pets scratching themselves. Adult fleas are also large enough that it’s possible for you to see them jumping from one host to another – especially if the infestation is widespread. On the other hand, their eggs, larvae and pupae are much harder to spot; look for them in bedding, cracks or grooves in your floors or buried in your carpet fibers (they look kind of like salt and pepper).

How to Deter Fleas in Your Home

  • Vacuum every day (make sure you dispose of the bag or canister right away to prevent re-infestation).
  • Wash bedding in hot water at least once a month – especially any that your pet often sits or sleeps in.
  • Keep your yard well maintained.

How We Help With This Type of Pest Control

To gain control of fleas, all your pets should be treated and your carpeted areas should be vacuumed and cleared as much as possible. Once these are done, we can apply our product to all carpeted areas. The product we use has an adulticide to eliminate the adult fleas as well as a growth regulator to prevent future fleas from reproducing. Customers are required to vacate their home for a minimum of two hours for treatment. After treatment all carpeted areas need to vacuumed daily to eliminate activity.

To learn more about other pests click here, or schedule a complimentary evaluation and get a free estimate by calling 253-651-9579.