Nobody wants to think about fleas. These tiny insects can latch onto your pet and find their way into your Lonoke, Benton, or Little Rock home. Fleas love to bother your beloved pets. But, did you know they latch onto humans, too? That’s because fleas like to live on warm-blooded animals – that includes you and your family. They are tiny and may not be noticeable at first. You’re probably getting that itchy feeling just thinking about the possibility of fleas!
Even if your pet stays inside, these pests can still enter your home. You can keep a pristine, clean home and these teeny pests will still find a way inside. Fleas don’t need a mess to make themselves comfortable. If you think you might have fleas in your Malvern, Conway, or Hot Springs home, Clark Exterminating can give them a taste of their medicine! When it comes to fleas and any other pest, we can get rid of them.
While you might want to steer clear of fleas, it is important for you to know about them in case they do invade your home. So, we’ve compiled a list of 10 interesting facts about fleas:
- Fleas cannot fly, but they can jump about seven inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally. (WOAH!) They have long legs, and their hind legs are well adapted for jumping. If humans had the same jumping power as a flea, we could jump a 15-story building!
- Fleas are best known for spreading the Bubonic Plague. The Plague is believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th Century, killing about 25 million people.
- A female flea can consume 15 times its body weight in blood on a daily basis. Female fleas are also larger than male fleas.
- There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas in the world. However, the cat flea accounts for most of the dog and cat cases of fleas in the U.S.
- A flea can live more than 100 days without a blood meal if it doesn’t have to move around too much.
- A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. However, she is incapable of laying eggs until after her first meal. (Everyone needs to eat first, right?)
- Once an adult flea emerges from its pupa state, it has approximately seven days to find a blood meal or it dies. The female flea will lay eggs within 35 to 48 hours of its first blood meal.
- Fleas are attracted to the color white. If you wear socks around your house, you might notice bites around your sock line.
- Adult fleas are only a small percentage of the total population of a given infestation. If you find several adult fleas in your house, there are probably at least four times that many fleas, including eggs, larva, and pupae.
- Each stage of a flea’s life (eggs, larva, pupa, adult) requires a different treatment method in order to get rid of them. That’s why at the first sign of fleas, it’s important to call in the experts (we recommend Clark Exterminating).
Are you itching yet? Fleas may be tiny pests but can cause large problems. Clark Exterminating can help you at the first sign of fleas in your home. We’ll develop a treatment solution that works best for your situation. Give us a call today:
Benton: (501) 776-1388
Conway: (501) 329-0396
Hot Springs: (501) 623-2335