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What Do Fleas Look Like?

February 17, 2017

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The flea! No pest has given the average American pet owner more sleepless nights than this tiny little blood-sucking parasite. Fleas are the absolute bane to man’s best friend sending us scurrying to vet offices and pet stores all over looking for relief from the itching and a cure to get rid of them completely. But, what if you don’t have a pet? Does this mean you are safe? The answer is no, unfortunately, you are not. The flea is resilient and there are plenty of ways they can find their way into your home.

Whether you have pets or not, you should know what a flea looks like just in case. The flea is tiny, only about 2 ½ centimeters long. They are usually a brown or reddish-brown color, wingless, and hop around from place to place on six legs. Fleas feature thin, flat bodies designed to make their way easily through an animal’s furry body.

Preventing fleas may not be easy or cheap if you have pets, but it is so much better to try both for you and your pets. Getting rid of a flea infestation from your home is difficult and very unlikely to happen without professional assistance from a pest control company. If you have pets, make sure that they are treated with flea treatments recommended by your veterinarian and used according to their instructions. Whether you have pets or not, practicing proper home maintenance can help keep fleas at bay. Doing things like making sure that your lawn stays neatly trimmed will give fleas less places to hide as well as stray dogs and cats or even the odd wild animal from making themselves comfortable in your yard. You can also keep wild animals away by keeping bushes, trees, and any brush piles trimmed to offer less hiding places for squirrels, raccoons, possums, or other common wild animals that may be harboring fleas.

Inside, your vacuum can be your best bet in preventing fleas. Thoroughly vacuum the carpeting and furniture on a regular basis, especially if you have pets. This picks up dust and dander that might have settled there and can reduce places where fleas might find a hospitable environment to live and lay eggs. Keeping clutter picked up is another way to give fleas one less hiding spot.

Preventing fleas isn’t always possible, no matter how hard you try. These pests can travel a long distance in a single jump so finding their way into any home isn’t much of a problem for them. With the speed at which they breed, a few fleas can become a full household infestation in a very short period of time. That’s when you need to call Nozzle Nolen. Our pest control professionals will be at your side to do a complete inspection of your home and to help you remove the threat of fleas. Remember the longer you wait, the bigger the risk to you and your family. Give us a call today.


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