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Flea Identification & Prevention

What are fleas?

Fleas are common ectoparasites (parasites that live on or in the skin) of cats, dogs, rodents, and other wild animals. They feed on blood as their sole food source. People aren’t their favorite hosts, but fleas will feed on human blood if people are readily available. Fleas are voracious feeders and consume up to 15 times their body weight in blood each day. They use their long, strong hind legs to help them achieve an impressive 6 inch vertical jump and to wade through the fur of their hosts. Adults have hard, reddish-brown bodies that are flattened from side to side, and their tiny size often has them overlooked as specks of dirt. Fleas are common pests throughout southern Nevada.

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Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas are dangerous pests that bite through their host’s skin to feed on their blood. They will feed on the entire body of an animal host, although people are usually only attacked on the legs, ankles, and feet. These parasitic pests do spread some diseases, although the spread of illness by fleas is not a significant threat in the United States.

Fleas are intermediate hosts for parasitic tapeworms, which they can transmit to people and animals. An animal with a severe flea infestation could become anemic. Anemia is a serious condition and causes animals to become very ill and weak. Additionally, a human or animal host can develop an itchy dermatitis if allergic to their saliva. This extremely uncomfortable condition may lead to an infection that requires medical attention.

Why do I have a flea problem?

The most common way fleas get onto your property is by wild animals traveling through your yard. When they come into contact with you, your kids, or your pets, they will find their way into your house. If you own pets, they may come into contact with fleas when visiting a neighborhood friend, the groomers, a kennel, or the dog park. Even if you are not a pet owner, fleas can still get into your home in a number of ways including on mice or other wild animals that have come into your home to nest. They may also be brought inside on used furniture or rugs that are infested with adult fleas or their eggs. Additionally, if the previous residents in your home had problems with fleas, flea eggs could be lying dormant, only to hatch and develop once the right environmental conditions are met.

Where will I find fleas?

Fleas spend most of their lives living in the fur of their animal hosts. If they are not feeding or have fallen off, adults will wait for a new host in shady areas with damp or sandy soil. Areas underneath bushes, porches, and decks are all common flea hiding spots. Once inside, fleas will spend most of their time in the fur of your pets. Other common indoor hiding spots for fleas inside of your home include rugs, upholstered furniture, behind baseboards, and bedding.

How do I get rid of fleas?

Get rid of your current flea infestation and prevent future flea problems with the help of the local pest control experts at Ace Pest Control. Since 1978, we’ve provided the effective pest control services needed to keep fleas and other household pests out of Las Vegas properties. Our highly trained technicians, modern techniques, and advanced products will solve your pest problems once and for all. To protect your home or business from our area’s toughest pests, contact Ace Pest Control today!

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent fleas from invading your home or business:

Indoor prevention tips

  • Vacuum your home regularly, especially in areas where your pets sleep.

  • Regularly wash your family’s bedding, as well as pet bedding.

  • Regularly bathe and groom pets.

  • Do not buy used rugs or upholstered furniture for use in your home.

  • Inspect yourself and pets for fleas before coming inside after spending time outside.

Outdoor prevention tips

  • Cut back overgrown shrubs and bushes on your property to allow the sun to dry out the soil underneath.

  • Keep any grass on your property cut short.

  • Treat all pets with a flea preventative product under the guidance of their veterinarian.

  • Make your property less attractive to wild animals and rodents by removing bird feeders and placing locking lids on outdoor trashcans and compost bins.


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