What’s your favorite animal?
“Mine’s the flea,” said no one, ever.
Fleas don’t have wings, but they can jump seven inches off the ground. Given their height of roughly 3 millimeters, that makes them the 2nd most prolific jumper in the animal kingdom (bested only by the prestigious froghopper). That feat would be the human equivalent of jumping over a tall building.
And like some sort of blood-sucking Superman Bug, flees’ bodies are incredibly durable—even if you have one between your thumb and middle finger and squeeze hard, it may not be enough to kill it.
Fleas are classic parasites, living exclusively off of their host—they quickly die on their own. Fleas infest humans, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, rats, mice, and ferrets. A flea bite is like a mosquito bite: raised in the center and causing an itchy feeling. Flea bites, however, often appear in clusters. And like mosquitoes, fleas can transmit diseases to their hosts. They generally live for two to three months, but they’ve been known to live for up to a year and a half.
If your pet has fleas, give them a soapy bath. This should greatly reduce the number of fleas on their body. But this won’t be enough, because there could be fleas in any of the spots your pet hangs out at. Vacuum these spots for best results. Also, baking soda is effective at killing fleas via dehydration.
But if you want to remove all doubt, get professional help. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to most flea infestations. Each one’s a little different, and requires its own unique approach. That’s why you want a company with lots of experience handling lots of different pest-control situations in homes and businesses of every shape, size, and color…like us! Give us a call so you can rest easy.