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Fleas

What are fleas?

Fleas are a small parasitic pest that feed on the blood of warm bodied mammals. They are reddish-brown in color, and appear darker red in color directly after feeding. They have six powerful legs that they use for jumping; fleas have an impressive 8 inch vertical jump! Their bodies are flat, hard and are very difficult to squish or crush, they range in size from 1/12th- 1/16th of an inch in length. The most common type of flea to infest homes is the cat flea, and as their name suggests their favorite host is the cat. However, they can be found on a variety of mammals, including dogs, humans, and a variety of wild animals.  It is worth mentioning that you could have a flea problem in your home without owning a pet.  These pests may find their way inside on visitors or by hitching a ride to your property on a wild animal.  

Are fleas dangerous to pets or humans?

Fleas are dangerous to both people and pets. Fleas can become very annoying to pets causing them to be very itchy and uncomfortable with their bites. They can also bite people and become a huge annoyance within a home. Fleas are also intermediate hosts of dog tapeworm. Although rare, they have been known to transmit serious diseases like plague and murine typhus

What type of flea treatment should I use on my pet?

Only your pet’s veterinarian should recommend a flea treatment for your pet. If you have a flea problem within your home, contact your veterinarian as quickly as possible. Treating the animals living in your home is a very important component in eliminating a flea infestation.

How can I get rid of fleas in my home?

Getting rid of fleas from your home can be very difficult. A single female can live for 100 days and in that time produce 400-500 young. A few fleas can quickly become a large infestation throughout your entire home. Along with treating your pets, the best way to ensure that your entire flea problem is eliminated is with the help of a professional. Professional pest control experts will have the experience, knowledge and technology necessary to safely treat your entire home and eliminate your flea problem.

What should I do to prepare for a flea treatment?

Before Allgood’s professionals come to treat your home for fleas, you should prepare by vacuuming all the carpeted areas of your home and furniture. Once you've completed vacuuming, be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag away from the home. Fleas will hatch out of the bag after treatment otherwise. Sweep and mop all hard floors in your home, and clear as much of the floor of clutter as possible. Make sure to wash or discard all your pets bedding and remove all pets from your home before treatment begins. By taking these steps you can help to ensure that fleas will be eliminated from your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.