Cat fleas are those tiny parasites that are a common problem among homeowners in our region. Only about 1/8 of an inch in length, fleas range in color from brown to reddish-brown and are known for the ability to jump about 6 inches high. Though their name suggests that they are only a problem for felines, cat fleas are attracted to other warm-blooded animals, including dogs and local wildlife.
If you are a pet owner, it is likely that fleas were introduced into your home by attaching to your pet’s hair. If you do not have pets, it is possible that a neighbor’s pet or wildlife crossing your property exposed you to fleas. Fleas can also be transported by other pests such as mice.
Despite their small size, fleas can be quite a headache and flea bites produce varied reactions among humans, including minor itching and redness to allergic reaction. They are also known to transmit murine typhus and plague. Fleas are intermediate hosts of dog tapeworm and smaller pets may become anemic due to fleas consuming too much of their blood.
Because fleas have the ability to reproduce quickly (about 30 days in ideal conditions) they can be hard to control. Flea control is made more difficult due to the fact that these pests are often introduced onto property by outside sources.
Controlling pests using do-it-yourself methods is generally not effective and treatments may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly. Guardian technicians are highly trained on flea behavior and treatment and are ready to help get rid of flea infestations with comprehensive pest control services.
Proper treatment for your pets may help reduce your chances of experiencing a flea problem and should be discussed with your vet. Otherwise, fleas are hard to prevent as they can be introduced onto your property and into your home from unidentified sources. If fleas become a problem for your home, contact Guardian Pest Solutions at the first sign of an infestation.