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Everything You Need To Know About Fleas

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No matter where you live, a flea infestation is a problem. But, in an area such as ours, where pests of all sorts seem to thrive year round, a flea infestation can be especially distressing. And while fleas are present in all of the states, they are classified as "extreme" only in some parts of Southern California, and on the south-eastern coast, including all of Florida.

Flea Identification

There are several species of fleas in the United States, but the cat flea has proven to be the most problematic, as it is known to infest most domesticated animals, and they are capable of reproducing indoors. A flea is roughly the same size as a ballpoint pen tip. Depending on gender, they measure around 1.5 to 3.5 mm in length. A flea is wingless, has a laterally (side-to-side) compressed, oval body shape, and 6 long legs which allow them to jump great distances for their size. An adult flea is usually dark brown or a dark reddish-brown color. Immature fleas (larva, pupa, and eggs) are rarely seen with the naked eye.

Flea Bite Or Bed Bug Bite?

Flea bites can be distinguished from bed bug bites because they are random on the skin, and usually on the lower legs. Flea bites appear as small, red, dots which can be extremely itchy. Scratching these bites may cause a hole to form in the dot, which can potentially lead to a skin infection.

Fun Facts About Fleas

  • A flea can live for up to 100 days.

  • A flea can jump up to 8 inches in the air. That is 150 times its own height and would be like a human jumping over a skyscraper.

  • Fleas have no ears, and can barely see.

  • Fleas can accelerate 50 times faster than the space shuttle and can pull over 100,000 times their own weight!

Not-So-Fun Facts About Fleas

  • If a person is bitten by a flea and has an allergic reaction, large areas of redness, severe itching, and small pimples will form. Extreme cases may require medical treatment.

  • Fleas can cause dermatitis (which is one of the most common skin allergies in dogs.)

  • Fleas can cause intestinal parasites in pets, and can even affect small children.

  • Fleas can cause anemia in pets, and, if an infestation is heavy enough, can even cause death.

  • Fleas were the vector that spread the bubonic plague (the black death) which killed approximately 25 million people in the 17th century.

DIY Flea Prevention Tips For Your Lake Worth Home Or Business

The fact is, Lake Worth's climate is ideal for flea populations to grow. Hot, humid temperatures are ideal for many different pests to thrive. But there are several steps you as a home or business owner can take to reduce the chances of having a flea infestation.

  • If you have animals, make sure they have effective, veterinarian-prescribed flea control products.

  • Bathe and groom pets often.

  • If possible, keep pets on a leash, or inside a fenced in, pest-controlled environment when they are outside.

  • Make your yard less inviting to rodents and wildlife that can carry fleas and other parasites onto your property. Remove clutter and yard waste. Keep grass neatly trimmed. And dry up areas of wetness. Also, do not leave food sources for animals, such as pet food bowls, bird feeders, or fruit that has fallen from trees.

  • Keep all trash in tightly sealed containers to keep smells in and rodents and wild animals out.

The BEST Flea Prevention Tip

If you need assistance eliminating a flea infestation or in preventing one from happening in the first place, reach out to the pest control experts here at Nozzle Nolen. We are happy to answer questions or schedule a free inspection to help you figure out what kind of pest problem you're dealing with. With over half a century of experience, you can depend on Nozzle Nolen to meet all your pest control needs. 

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