Fleas

Identifying And Treating Fleas In Seattle Area

  • In many cases, fleas in homes are associated with the presence of cats or dogs
  • Fleas readily move from pets to human beings by jumping and their bites are often tiny and itchy
  • One needs to do more than treating pets for fleas to avoid flea bites
  • Fleas have a general preference to feed on animals rather than human being because animal fur or hair is habitable for them and offers shelter.
  • In the event that they switch to people, they bite any part of the body though they gravitate towards wrists, ankles and waist bands
  • If not treated, the population of fleas can grow rapidly and become hard to manage

Physical Features of Fleas

  • A mature flea has a length of about one eighth of an inch with a flat body
  • When well fed, the color of their back turns to reddish black
  • Fleas do not have wings, they move by hopping from one point to another
  • They are tiny in size and hard to squish because of their agility
  • Female fleas lay eggs in areas that are frequented by pets or on bedding
  • The eggs then hatch into tiny larvae that look like worms
  • A mature flea larva is almost two times the size of a mature flea in length
  • Flea larva is whitish in color and has a fully developed head. It is slender with no eyes or legs
  • The larvae feed on fecal matter from fleas and other debris because they cannot draw blood by themselves

Damage caused by Fleas

  • Mature fleas use their mouthparts to pierce the skin and suck blood.
  • Fleas begin sucking blood during the first two days after becoming mature adults
  • Though fleas do not cause any disease, they can seriously disrupt a person’s peace and comfort
  • Flea bites can be many and persistent causing a lot of itchiness
  • Sleeping in a flea infested home can lead to disrupted sleep and a constant feeling of something crawling on the skin
  • The constant scratching in a bid to relief the itchiness caused by flea bites can leave scratch marks on the skin.

How to prevent or control Fleas

  • Combing through pet’s fur or hair occasionally coupled with regular treatment can help in knowing whether the animals are infested by fleas.
  • A heavy flea infestation requires a comprehensive treatment by pest control experts
  • Flea treatment starts with a comprehensive vacuuming of the surface to prepare for treatment.
  • Some fleas and larvae are removed during vacuuming and discarded to prevent re-infesting.
  • An inspection is then conducted to identify areas that are most infested. Areas where pets as well as people sleep are mostly considered.
  • Inspection must be done in an effective manner for treatment to be successful
  • After inspection is completed, various non-toxic treatments are used to eradicate the fleas.



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