When most people think about fleas, it is often perceived as something that only affect dogs. It is common for dogs to get fleas and sometimes it’s an uphill battle to get rid of. While your poor dog scratches incessantly, did you know that fleas can infest your house too? Or even your bed if your pet has a habit of lounging there. Wherever your flea ridden pet goes, the fleas will follow and spread to you and your family members. To help you out, here are some things you might not know about fleas.
Fleas Jump, not Fly
Fleas get from where they need to be by jumping. They can jump up to 8 inches, which in comparison to their size is like a human leaping over a skyscraper in one single bound since that is approximately 150 times their own height.
Fleas can Live more than 100 days without a Blood Meal
This fact alone is why fleas are so difficult to get rid of. Being able to survive so long without food means that even if a warm blooded mammal is not around to prey on, they can wait a long time for a host to come by. And when one does, a flea can consume 15 times its own weight in blood per day.
Fleas Multiply Quickly
Within only 32-48 hours of a blood meal, the female will lay her eggs on the host. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime and the average lifespan of a flea is 2-3 months. You can see how fleas are capable of multiplying so rapidly and developing into a nasty infestation in a short period of time.
Fleas Carry Deadly Diseases
Fleas are known to cause the most annoying itching known to man (and animal) but they also are quite dangerous. Fleas carry a number of scary diseases that can be of great harm to you and your family. Not only can their bites cause severe itching and skin infections, they also transmit diseases such as cat-scratch fever, typhus and the plague.
Professional Flea Control is a Must
Because fleas are so tiny, it is next to impossible to get rid of an infestation on your own. No one wants to walk around their home forever lathered in DEET bug spray. In order to get rid of the infestation, you need to do two things. First, take your pets to the vet and get some effective flea control. Second, call Green Pest Services immediately. Our treatments are safe for your family and pets but effective at removing fleas fast. For the sake of your sanity and your health, you need quick and efficient flea control so call us today so you and your loved pets can stop the itching!