Most people hear the word flea and instantly think of a dog furiously scratching at his collar. It is true, dogs attract fleas like honey attracts flies but not many people know that fleas also like you, your family and your home. This might creep you out a bit. If you have a pet, you need to be especially wary about fleas infesting your home. Fleas are great little hitchhikers and can be brought in on the backs of your cat or dog. Once those fleas get into your carpet, clothes, draperies and more, they can be hard to get rid of without the professional help of Pointe Pest Control. Our techniques are guaranteed to get rid of those terrible fleas and stop you from scratching.
Little Known Fleas Facts
To help you better understand these biting nuisances, here are some interesting facts about fleas:
- Like ticks, leaches and other similar parasites, fleas drink the blood of their host.
- Fleas aren’t only drawn to mammals. Fleas will suck the blood of mammal, bird, and reptile.
- A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime, thus maximizing your risk for a prolific infestation. Professional help should be called in immediately.
- A flea can live more than 100 days without a blood meal. Waiting for them to die out is never a good option.
- A female flea can consume more than 50 times her body weight in blood per DAY!
- Fleas can jump 150 times their height, which is the equivalent of 8 inches. That would be like you jumping over a skyscraper.
- The itch fleas deliver comes from an allergy most have to the flea saliva.
- Fleas bite humans. If you find itchy welts all around your ankles and feet, chances are, you’ve got fleas in your home.
Fleas Carry Diseases
The last and biggest flea fact you must know is that fleas carry diseases. Fleas carry a number of diseases such as cat-scratch fever, the plague, tapeworms and more. While it’s no longer common for humans to get the plague like they did in the Middle Ages, it is possible for dogs and cats to get this. If a dog or cat eats a flea with tapeworm eggs, the pet is destined to have these parasites soon hatching inside of them. Fleas can transmit cat-scratch fever and typhus to humans and these diseases are very serious. It’s important for you to take immediate action once you suspect a flea infestation. Not only for the protection of your pets but for the health of your family and sanity. Nothing is worse than continuous itching. So put yourself out of your misery and call Pointe Pest Control today for fast, efficient flea control.