Fleas

The Jumping Pests

flea

Understanding Fleas

Fleas are small, flightless insects known for their exceptional jumping abilities, allowing them to easily move between hosts and environments. They feed on the blood of mammals and birds, often leading to discomfort and health issues for pets and their human companions. In Marshall County, AL, fleas can become a year-round problem due to the favorable climate, making effective flea control essential for pet owners and households alike.

Monthly Treatments

Protect Your Home Every Month,
Inside and Out

Habits of Fleas

Fleas thrive in warm, humid environments and have a life cycle that allows them to become a persistent nuisance if not properly managed:

  • Host-Dependent: Fleas require a host to survive and reproduce. Pets often serve as the primary host for fleas in domestic settings.
  • Life Cycle: The flea life cycle includes eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults, with adults capable of laying hundreds of eggs on their host.
  • Environment: While adults live on hosts, the earlier stages of fleas' life cycle can be found in pet bedding, carpets, and yards.

Signs of Flea Activity

Detecting a flea infestation early can help prevent widespread infestation:

  • Pets scratching, licking, or biting their fur more than usual.
  • Flea dirt (flea feces) appearing as small black specks in pet fur or bedding.
  • Visible fleas or flea eggs on pets or in their sleeping areas.

Preventative Measures You Can Take

Preventing flea infestations involves both treating pets and managing the environment:

  1. Regular Pet Treatment: Use veterinarian-recommended flea prevention treatments on your pets.
  2. Cleanliness: Vacuum regularly, especially areas where pets sleep and spend time. Wash pet bedding and your bedding frequently in hot water.
  3. Yard Maintenance: Keep your yard trimmed and clear of debris where fleas can hide and breed.
  4. Wildlife Management: Discourage wildlife, which can also carry fleas, from entering your yard by securing trash and using fencing.

Dealing with Flea Infestations

Addressing a flea infestation requires a comprehensive approach that includes treating both the pets and the environment. Over-the-counter treatments may provide relief, but professional pest control services can offer more thorough and long-lasting solutions, especially in severe cases.

Fleas can be more than just a nuisance; they pose health risks to pets and humans, including the spread of diseases. Taking proactive steps to prevent fleas and acting quickly at the first sign of an infestation can help keep your household and pets flea-free.