What To Do About A Flea Infestation In Your Durham Home
April 05, 2023 - Fleas
If you suspect you have fleas in your home, you need immediate Durham pest control services from The Eco Man Pest Solutions. In this guide, we’ll tell you how to identify a flea infestation, why fleas are a health hazard in your home, why it’s nearly impossible to get rid of fleas on your own, and the best way to eliminate a flea infestation for good.
How To Identify A Flea Infestation
Fleas can enter your home through a variety of routes. Your indoor-outdoor pets may bring them inside. You may have a rodent problem, and the rodents are the source of the fleas. You could have even brought the fleas in yourself after walking through tall grass or underbrush in a wooded area.
Once they’re in, fleas start to breed, and they breed fast. In the life cycle of a flea, there are four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Eggs hatch within ten days of being laid, and the worm-like larvae feed on blood and flea feces, also known as flea dirt. Between 5 and 20 days after eating, the larvae spin cocoons and pupate for several weeks. When they sense a host nearby, adult fleas emerge from the cocoons. The length of flea stages can vary depending on weather conditions and the nearness of potential hosts.
Once the infestation is large enough, you may see fleas jumping on your furniture or curtains. You might also see them in your pets’ bedding. If your pets are scratching a lot, that can be a sign of a flea infestation, too.
You should know how to get rid of fleas in your house. The best way to do so is to call The Eco Man Pest Solutions, so we can treat your entire property for these tiny pests.
Fleas In The Home Are A Health Hazard
You may wonder, “What diseases do fleas carry?” Unfortunately, there are several, including:
- Murine typhus
Any of these diseases can cause severe symptoms in you, your family, and your pets. They’re passed along through flea dust being scratched into a flea bite wound, or from the blood of a previous host.
Because of these illnesses they spread, it’s imperative to learn how to get fleas out of your house, which is best accomplished by contacting The Eco Man Pest Solutions to get a free quote.
Why It's So Hard To Get Rid Of Flea Infestation On Your Own
Fleas are hard to kill. Even though they’re tiny, only 1/12 to ⅙ of an inch long, they’re also very flat and have hard, reddish-brown exoskeletons. For a visual reference, the period at the end of this sentence is about 1/24 inch across, so fleas range between two and four sentence-ending periods long.
Even though they’re visible, that doesn’t make them easy to find. Fleas can hide in animal fur, rodent hair, thick grass, plush carpet, throw rugs, bedding, and on your scalp. They’re also invulnerable to flea treatment products at some stages of their life cycle, so it’s crucial that to eliminate all the fleas, your home and/or yard are re-treated twice, with five to ten days in between treatments. To save yourself time and aggravation, the best way to get rid of fleas is to enlist the help of technical pest pros from The Eco Man Pest Solutions.
The Best Way To Completely Get Rid Of A Flea Infestation
To learn how to get rid of fleas, contact The Eco Man Pest Solutions today. Our 25 years of experience in the pest control industry give us the knowledge and answers we need to eliminate the flea infestation in your Durham home.
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