All The Problems Fleas Bring With Them

September 17, 2018

Fleas are about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. They have flat oval-shaped bodies, 6 strong legs, and no wings. Most adult fleas are a dark reddish-brown to dark brown in color. Fleas at all immature stages, larva, pupa, and eggs, cannot usually be seen by the naked eye.

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Most pet owners have had some sort of experience dealing with fleas at one time or another. It may be just a matter of time before it happens, especially in Florida where the weather is conducive for fleas to live and thrive. Even if you don’t have a pet, you can acquire an infestation because fleas can feast on humans too, although they prefer pets and wildlife.

It is really very easy to pick up a flea or two. People and pets can pick up fleas just by walking around outside, visiting a neighbor's house, hiking in the woods, or petting a stray cat. A flea can jump or wander off its original host and begin looking for its next meal, and they won’t hesitate to use their powerful legs to jump onto their next victim at quite a distance.

Once fleas have invaded your home, they will bite you to obtain their blood meal or they will get a tasty meal from one of your pets if you have any. It is really very difficult to detect fleas, particularly under their fur. Humans will usually end up with some annoying itchy bite marks, but pets can develop severe skin irritations, hair loss, anemia, and tapeworm from fleas. Not to mention that your home will be inundated with fleas everywhere, and no one will want to come over for fear of taking fleas home with them. If you see fleas, you need to take action right away so they do not get out of hand.

The biggest problem when you are trying to get rid of fleas is that that can reproduce rapidly. Just one female flea can lay up to 50 eggs daily, which means you could experience over 20K fleas invading your home in just under a three month period. If you are currently experiencing any number of fleas right now, you will need professional help to eradicate them.

Trust our professionals at Lindsey Pest Services for complete flea control in Jacksonville. Give us a call today for more information on how we can save you from troublesome fleas that have taken over your home.


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