What do fleas look like?
Adult fleas range in color from reddish-brown to black. They have no wings and grow to be about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch long. Their bodies are flat which makes it easy to move through the fur of dogs, cats and other animals they feed on.
Adult fleas drink the blood of their host animals, usually cats and dogs, with their piercing-sucking mouthparts. Their spit is what irritates the animals, leaving a red spot where they drew blood. This is the easiest way to spot a case with fleas. Eggs are laid on the host animal and/or in its bedding.
Are fleas dangerous?
Flea bites often cause itchiness and/or irritation to pets and people alike but they are not typically dangerous. Secondary infections and allergic reactions can also occur.
Can Suburban help get rid of a flea problem?
When you contact Suburban Exterminating for flea control, we'll dispatch one of our trained pest control technicians to evaluate the infestation and develop a plan of action that exterminates fleas. For best results, we encourage property owners to follow our instructions carefully and to work with their vet to have pets treated properly at the same time. Please contact us today for more information regarding our flea treatments.
Flea prevention tips
Fleas are often introduced onto properties via rodents and other wildlife passing by, making it impossible to keep these pests away. Our recommendation is to be proactive in your approach and try implementing these flea prevention tips:
- Check pets often for fleas.
- Clean pet bedding often (wash yours too if pets sleep in or on your bed).
- Regularly vacuum areas where pets hang out.
- Keep pets off the furniture.