Last week, we discussed all the types of pests your pets might run into outside and the best ways to protect against them. As we mentioned, one of the most common and most annoying bugs you can find outdoors in the summer is the flea. At Clark Exterminating, we’ve been dealing with flea problems for years, so if you live in Little Rock, Cabot, Conway, or anywhere in Central Arkansas then here is your first lesson on fleas.
What is a flea?
For starters, fleas only grow to about 1/8 inch long, meaning it can be difficult to see them until they take a bite out of you. Fleas are flat, wingless, and dark red or brown depending on how much they’ve fed recently. They also move very quickly, so it can be tough to spot on a furry dog.
What do fleas eat?
Fleas are equal-opportunity pests – they’ll feed on any warm-blooded mammal including humans, though they prefer hairier animals like dogs, cats, and raccoons.
Can fleas bite?
Yep, flea bites can be painful and annoying, but the main danger of fleas are the various diseases they can carry, from typhus to the bubonic plague. They can also transfer tapeworm to your pets. Basically, you don’t want to let fleas take a chunk out of you or your pet if you can help it.
How can I prevent flea infestations?
Want to protect your house from fleas before they become a problem? You’re in the right place. First of all, fleas are more common in unsanitary conditions, so make sure to vacuum often and keep a clean home. Secondly, as we mentioned fleas often hitch a ride on animals as a way to get from one area to another, so if you have a rodent problem you are at significantly higher risk for a flea infestation as well. Furthermore, if you’ve been outside a long time with your pets, make sure to check them carefully before they come inside and keep their bedding and toys washed frequently.
How do I get rid of fleas?
Fleas can lay 400-500 eggs in their lifetime, and they are incredibly hard to remove once they’ve established a firm foothold in your home. If you have a flea infestation, you should contact a professional exterminator. At Clark Exterminating, we’ve been fighting fleas in Central Arkansas for over 30 years, so if you need flea treatment give us a call today at 501-712-3721 (Benton) or 501-588-2514 (Little Rock).