Adult fleas are tiny pests and are often mistaken for flecks of dirt. The flea’s hard body is wingless and dark, reddish-brown in color. Their bodies and legs are covered in spines to help stop them from falling off of their host, and they use their powerful hind legs to jump impressive vertical heights of 6 to 8 inches. Fleas are ectoparasites and while their preferred hosts are animals, if given the opportunity or in the case of a large infestation, they will also feed on people.
Fleas are commonly associated with pet owners, but can become a problem inside of any home. Fleas are introduced into yards by wild animals, especially rodents, after which they will hide out in shady, moist areas until a new host passes by; if this new host is you or your pet, then these pests will most likely be introduced into your home. Fleas are also commonly introduced into homes on rodents or other wildlife that are nesting inside, as well as on used items like upholstered furniture or rugs that have been infested with their eggs or larvae. Fleas are prolific breeders and are very difficult to eliminate and control.
Fortunately, if you're dealing with a flea infestation at your South Florida property, there are some ways that you can reduce their populations and restrict their access into your home. Avoid purchasing used furniture or rugs. With the guidance of a veterinarian, place all pets on a year-round flea control program. Frequently groom pets, regularly vacuum the areas where your pets spend most of their time, and routinely wash pet bedding. Reduce hiding spots for fleas by keeping your lawn cut short and pruning overgrown shrubs or bushes. Remove bird feeders from your property that could attract rodents and other wild animals. Reach out today to learn more about our South Florida pest control services.
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