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Flea Identification & Prevention

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What are fleas?

Fleas are tiny insects that rely on blood meals as their sole source of nutrition. These insects survive by finding an animal host, crawling through their fur, and biting their skin to feed on their blood. While animals are the flea’s preferred hosts, they will bite us and feed on our blood if we are around.

The flea’s tiny body is covered in a hard shell and is flattened from side to side, the combination making them difficult to squish or kill. Their large, powerful legs allow them to quickly jump out of danger and make these pests frustrating and difficult to eliminate.

Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas can spread diseases (murine typhus, tularemia, and plague) that they acquire through the feeding process. However, in the United States, the spread of diseases by fleas is low. When fleas are in your yard or home, the more significant concern is the red itchy bites that they deliver to people and our pets. After bites occur, red, itchy welts spring up around the bite sites. When people or animals scratch at those bites, secondary infections can develop along with scabbing and scaring. 

In addition, having fleas in your house is unsettling. It is difficult to feel at ease in your home when constantly catching fleas jumping around out of the corner of your eye.

Why do I have a flea problem?

A flea’s preferred host is an animal such as a rodent, raccoon, skunk, deer, dog, or cat. As animals move across your lawn, flea eggs will drop to the ground and develop into new biting fleas. As your family and pets move about your yard, the fleas will jump onto your clothing or pets and then be brought indoors. Fleas are prolific breeders and quickly develop large, difficult-to-manage populations inside the homes they infest.

Where will I find fleas?

Fleas are pests that thrive in outdoor spaces, gathering in areas where rodents and other animals spend time, such as woodpiles, leaf piles, areas under shrubs and bushes, and in fields or wooded areas. Flea eggs and larvae survive best in dark, damp areas, making our yards a place where they can develop easily into new biting adults.

Fleas don’t just stay outdoors; they are often also introduced into our homes by people or invading pests like rodents. Fleas infest things like rugs and upholstered furniture, and a new infestation begins when we move those items from one location to the next.

How do I get rid of fleas?

Fleas are prolific breeders, and when introduced into an indoor or outdoor space, an infestation spreads fast. The fastest way to eliminate an infestation is by partnering with an experienced and trained pest professional in Raleigh. At Southern Pest Solutions, our professionals will work closely with you to ensure your home becomes free of biting, unwanted fleas.

We place a high value on honoring our promises and providing our customers with the most effective and comprehensive pest solutions possible. We know how frustrating and uncomfortable dealing with fleas can be and will work with you to eliminate them from your yard or home as quickly as possible. Reach out to us today to learn more about our flea control services in Raleigh or to request your free quote!

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

We have compiled a list of our most helpful tips to deter fleas and keep them out of your Raleigh home.

  • Make your yard less appealing to flea-covered animals like rodents by removing leaf piles, yard debris, and woodpiles from your yard.
  • Place shrubs apart and keep them cut back. Flea larvae develop in dark, damp areas.
  • Keep your grass cut short. Overgrown grass provides places for both fleas and their animal hosts to hang out.
  • Place a fence around your property to keep your pets in and larger wild animals out. 
  • Stop flea-infested rodents from easily moving into your home by sealing spaces in its exterior.
  • Regularly vacuum your house to eliminate any stray fleas that come inside on you or your pets.
  • If you own pets, place them on a year-round flea prevention program under the guidance of their veterinarian

Reach out to us today to learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services in Raleigh, NC.