It’s terrible to see a beloved pet being tortured by fleas. Just a few bites can make your pet miserable night and day, and it gets even worse when you find them on yourself! Because fleas breed very quickly, it’s important to take action before a widespread infestation takes hold in your house. Read on to learn about fleas and how Turner can help you get rid of fleas.
How should I check my pet for fleas?
First, watch for excessive licking, scratching and biting behavior in your pet. When your pet comes in from outside, check it over for fleas, and frequently inspect bedding and soft toys. PetMD recommends closely checking your dog’s most vulnerable flea hiding places, such as their ears, belly, groin and base of the tail.
Use a flea comb to go through the fur on your dog’s legs and back close to the skin. If you comb out any live fleas, immediately put them in a bucket of soapy water. PetMD also suggests putting a white paper towel or sheet of paper next to your dog while combing—you’ll see flea feces fall off and land on the paper if fleas are present.
How long can fleas live in the house?
Without a host to get a blood meal from, undisturbed fleas can live longer than three months. Their average lifespan is two to three months, and female fleas that have just reached adulthood can start laying eggs as soon as she has her first meal.
How many different kinds of fleas are there?
Around the world, there are approximately 2,000 different kinds of fleas and more than 300 species in North America. The flea species you’re most likely to encounter in your home is Ctenocephalides felis, the domestic cat flea and the one that prefers you, your dog and your cat as its host. There is also a species known as the common dog flea, but it’s most often found in Europe rather than the U.S.
Can fleas spread diseases?
Fleas can transmit some types of illnesses to you and your family, such as typhus and cat scratch disease. According to PestWorld, they are the most common transmitter of bubonic plague.They can also be a host for tapeworms that can infect your pet or even humans. Make sure to pick up after your pet in your yard and keep litter boxes covered.
Can fleas survive the washing machine?
Fleas can stay alive in water for about a week. However, washing clothes, bedding and other washable items in water hotter than 95 degrees and using detergent will kill fleas, as will the heat of the dryer.
With the flea life cycle in mind, it takes a sustained, ongoing effort to completely eliminate an infestation. Take these steps:
Trying to kill the fleas you can see while there are eggs and pupae still in your home is often a losing battle. To break the cycle and eliminate fleas in every stage of their lives, it’s best to call on flea control pros who have the knowledge, equipment, products and experience. At Turner Pest Control, we develop programs to stop fleas’ life cycles and keep them from coming back. Contact us for a free inspection and estimate today!