The flea is an external parasite that has specially developed mouthparts that allow them to suck blood from victims. While there are many types of fleas, the most common type of flea found in Florida is the Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). These fleas feast in domesticated cats, but will also feed on and infest most mammals, including:
Fleas are tiny. Adults are often only one-eighth of an inch in length. While they are wingless and thus cannot fly, their long legs enable them to jump up to seven inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally. Their flat, hard bodies are resistant to great pressures and can live two-to-three years in between meals. Fleas do, however, require a blood meal before they’re able to reproduce.
Fleas often make their way onto your property via wildlife that is infested by them. These fleas then end up in your house by latching onto you or your pets. Because of their small size, they can easily enter the home and be present for quite some time without you noticing.
Flea bites are very itchy and commonly develop into red welts. As you scratch them, the irritation can lead to infection. In addition, fleas are known to carry a variety of diseases such as plague and murine typhus. Fleas are also an intermediate host of dog tapeworm, which can infect indoor cats, and rodent tapeworm, which can sometimes infest humans.
Fleas are difficult to prevent because they’re often introduced onto your property by wild animals and can be very challenging to control and eliminate once they make it into your home. The best course of action is to call McCall Service at the first sign of fleas. We can inspect your home and determine how bad your flea problem is and provide a free estimate for a flea control program. In many cases, we can respond to your request for service the same or very next day.
The best way to prevent a flea issue is to try and keep them from hitching a ride into your home on your pets in the first place. Use a flea preventive treatment for your pets based on your veterinarian’s recommendation. You may also check your shoes and clothing for fleas after spending time outdoors. If you do notice signs of fleas, contact McCall Service immediatelycontact McCall Service immediately to begin regular service and ensure that you, your home, and your family are protected.