The world is home to more than 2,000 species of fleas, with the most common kind known as the cat flea. Despite its name, a cat flea feeds on more animals than just cats. It'll suck blood from a dog, a raccoon, and even a skunk.
At RID Pest Control, we receive calls about flea infestations all the time. With almost 40 years of experience providing residential and commercial pest control services in New Jersey, you can count on us to eliminate the problematic pests.
What Do Fleas Look Like
Adult fleas are about 2.5 mm long. They have shiny bodies that appear reddish brown. Although they're wingless, fleas can jump more than 100 times their length because of their six long legs, which allows them to leap long distances from host to host. Since their bodies are thin, flat and covered with microscopic hair, they're also able to move stealthily once they're latched onto a host. Adult fleas have mouth parts that they use to extract blood from a host.
What Attracts Fleas Into Your Home
In order to survive, fleas must find a host for a blood meal. Most fleas enter a home via pets that have been outside, including cats and dogs. Fleas feed on other mammals, too, and you might experience an infestation if a rodent brings one into your home. Here are a few tips to prevent a flea infestation in your New Jersey home.
- Seal cracks, holes and gaps to stop potential hosts like rodents from entering your home.
- Eliminate outdoor flea habitats and hosts, including moist and shady areas in your yard.
- Contact pest control immediately if you notice a single flea on your pet or in your home.
What Dangers Do Fleas Pose
The problem with fleas is that an infestation can quickly grow out of control since a single female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs over the course of 50 days. Although excessive itching is a common symptom of a flea bite, fleas can transmit tapeworm to dogs, cats, and even humans. They can also spread bacterial diseases, too.
What to Do During a Flea Infestation
Eliminating a flea infestation isn't easy; it's one of the toughest pest infestations to take control of. Although there are plenty of over-the-counter treatments for controlling fleas, most of the time these products don't address the root cause of the infestation. And since immature stages of fleas are puzzling and a pain to deal with, it's best to contact pest control to inspect the severity of the infestation and to prepare a flea management plan.
Call Pest Control if You Notice These Signs of a Flea Infestation
- Presence of fleas crawling underneath your pet's coat of fur
- Presence of flea dirt on carpets and pet bedding
- Feel itching around your ankles that's usually caused by flea bites
If you're in need of pest control services for a flea infestation in Atlantic and Cape May Counties in New Jersey, contact RID Pest Control today at 888-449-2183. Our pest control specialists are standing by to take your call.