Pest of the Month: Fleas
The next time you see your cat or dog constantly scratching themselves you may want to check them for fleas. This insect is a parasite on many types of mammals and will suck the blood of the host that they occupy. It’s important to know as much as you can about these pesky pests in order to identify a possible infestation in your home.
- Size: 1/12 of an inch
- Color: Dark brown or black
- Distinguishing Characteristics: Wingless, six-legged, looks flat from either side
- Whereabouts: On household pets, such as cats or dogs, bedding, socks, linens
What They Infest
Since fleas are parasites, they will always be found on or around living mammals. Dogs, cats, some birds, and even humans are all prime candidates for fleas to latch onto. If a flea is not attached to a host for feeding then they will be found around the host in bedding, socks, shoes, and housing for pets. You may not notice an infestation right away because fleas can remain dormant until the perfect conditions arise for them to start feeding.
When you discover a flea problem you should immediately grab your pets and start cleaning them. Wash them from head to paw with a flea control shampoo, while also washing any of their bedding and toys in a hot wash cycle. Consult your veterinarian, or local pet store, for information on flea collars and other treatments as well. You should also vacuum all of your floors, rugs, and furniture. For added insurance, have your carpeting steam cleaned for a deeper, more effective cleaning.
Fleas are a pest that don’t just feed off of your beloved household pets, but you and your family members as well! While there are methods you can utilize to reduce the flea population in your home, relying on the pros at Knockout Pest Control is certainly your best bet. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.