Fleas

tiny cat flea in a home

Bites or Stings

Blood Sucking

Difficult to Eradicate

Hitchhiker

Nuisance Pest

Spreads Illness

Fleas

What are fleas?

The most common type of flea found in Northern Florida is the Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). The flea is an external parasite that has specially developed mouthparts that allow them to suck blood from their victims. The domesticated cat is the fleas’ favorite host, but they will feed on and infest most mammals including dogs, rodents, raccoons, squirrels and skunks. Fleas are very small with adults only being 1/8 of an inch in length. They are wingless (meaning they cannot fly) but have long legs which allow them to jump up to 7 inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally. Their body is flat and hard which lets it withstand a great deal of pressure. They do not need a constant food source and can live 2 -3 years between meals; they do however need a blood meal before they are capable of reproducing.

Why do I have fleas?

Fleas are often brought onto properties by wild animals that are infested. They are then brought inside on pets and even on people (which means even if you are not a pet owner you could develop a flea problem). Because of their small size they can easily enter your home and be present for some time without you knowing leading to a large infestation within your home.

Are fleas dangerous?

Flea bites are often very itchy and can develop into red welts. Scratching at the bites can lead to infection. Fleas are known to carry a variety of diseases including plague and murine typhus; they are also an intermediate hosts of dog tapeworm, which if ingested can infect indoor cats, and rodent tapeworm, which can sometimes infest humans.

How do I get rid of fleas?

Since fleas are generally introduced onto properties by wild animals they can be very difficult to prevent. Once inside your home they can be challenging to control and eliminate. At McCall Service we can inspect your home and determine the extent of your flea problem and then provide a free estimate for our flea control services.

How soon can you get here to treat for fleas?

At McCall Service we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent a flea problem in the future?

Preventing fleas can be very difficult; you can start by treating your pets with a flea preventative under the guidance of your veterinarian. You should also check your shoes and clothing for fleas after spending time outdoors. If you notice signs of fleas in your home contact McCall Service to ensure that your home and family are protected.

 

 

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