Fleas

Your Chicagoland Guide on Fleas

The Breakdown

COLOR

SIZE

LEGS

DANGER/DESTRUCTION RATING

Reddish Brown

2.5 mm

Six

HIGH

Fleas

Fleas are very tiny and wingless insects. The biggest they grow to are about 2.5 mm long. Most have a body that is a shiny reddish brown color and have microscopic hair. Fleas are parasites who live off of blood from animals such as dogs, cats, and rats. They cannot fly but they are able to jump very long distances with their three sets of elongated legs. The biggest problem with fleas is that they are very fast reproducers. They can produce 40-50 eggs per day so taking preventative action is key. They lay these eggs on the hair of their hosts, which usually drop off onto carpets, bedding, and furniture. Once you know that you have a flea infestation, we recommend that you contact a pest professional immediately so that they can get rid of the fleas living in your home.

Signs of an Infestation

When you think about fleas, the first thing that comes to your mind are your pets. Cats and dogs are the two animals which are mostly afflicted with flea infestations. The thing is that a flea infestation can get very bad. They are known to be highly problematic and if the problem is left unchecked, these blood sucking insects will become your problem as well. Fleas are tiny insects that survive by sucking on the blood of their hosts, much like ticks. That is pretty much all they need. Cats and dogs are the perfect mammals for fleas but that does not mean you are not at risk yourself. Check for your pets scratching themselves more then usual as well as small dark spots in their fur. You can also find bit marks on yourself and your family members. When fleas get transferred to you and they start biting, you will know the full extent of what uncomfortable itching is like. The itchiness is pretty annoying because it never stops but that is the least of your problems. Fleas are also known to carry a vast host of diseases which can make controlling the flea population very important for your well being.

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Understanding the Seasons

Weather has a profound effect on pest life cycle. Most pests, rodents and insects breed aggressively during spring and go through periods of hibernation during autumn and winter.

When the weather slowly begins to heat up, pests start to get more active after having stayed dormant over the colder winter months.

  • Birds often start to find mates and start building their nests.
  • Moths which consumer leaves usually become active again.
  • Flies often emerge from their winter hibernation places and start to breed and spread out.
  • Squirrels also spend the winter in hibernation. When spring approaches these creatures start looking for a new home. This is usually the time when they make their way into lofts and other spaces.

Summer is arguably the best season for pests. It is the time when they are in full swing and breed as rapidly as they can. Wasps are one of the most common summer pests followed by flies and rodents. Many a summer picnics and BBQs have been ruined by the ‘home invasion’ of these pests.

  • Wasps build their nesting grounds and lay their eggs during this time. Although the creatures are not directly harmful, they can be very aggressive and territorial at this time of the year, because they’re at their strongest.
  • The number of fleas also multiplies. Since pets spend more time outdoors during summer, they are more likely to bring the pests back indoors with them.
  • Bees are also more active during summer as they go out to gather nectar. Many times, homeowners find a new beehive in their garden and require pest control to take care of it. Because of their sting, bees are more dangerous than some of the other pests and you should call our professional service to get rid of them.
  • Moths and flies usually start to multiply significantly during summer.
  • Ants begin to swarm to find new mates and start new colonies during summer.
  • Cockroaches become very noticeable in the summer, especially in the kitchen and toilets. This is due to the hotter temperatures and stronger smells.
  • Bedbugs are also very active in the summer.

Autumn is the month when things start to get cooler. The number of pests starts to dwindle as they begin to slow down their breeding activities.

  • Wasps start becoming dozy and docile. You may find them buzzing around occasionally as if they are drunk. This is usually the end-time for their life.
  • Spiders in particular are more active at this time of the year.
  • Squirrels will gather their food and start to look for shelter.
  • The second breeding phase for flies begins. These pests remain active during the season.
  • Rodents also become more active. Due to the approaching cold, rodents usually find shelter inside homes in the loft or inside walls.

The coldest months are when pests seek out warmth and shelter. You will find a number of insects especially rodents and lizards make their way inside your home.

  • Spiders come into our homes to escape the web-destroying frosts.
  • Rodents move indoors to escape the cold, increasing infestations.
  • In many cases, homeowners find squirrels nesting in lofts when they go to get their Christmas decorations.

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