Fleas are external wingless parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts. They have a hard flat body that measures 1/8 of an inch in length. Fleas are dark brown in color with large back legs used for jumping. If you have adult fleas in your home, eggs and larvae are likely to be present as well. Flea eggs are white and oval shaped, but are difficult to see with the naked eye. Flea larvae are larger than adult fleas. They measure about ¼ of an inch in length and resemble a maggot.
Are fleas dangerous?
Flea bites can cause allergic reactions in humans and their pets; usually small, itchy, red raised bumps are left behind after they have fed on their hosts. Fleas found in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee are not known to carry infectious diseases. They are, however, known to infect people and pets with tapeworms and can carry the bubonic plague, along with murine flea born typhus.
Why do I have a flea problem?
Fleas will make their way onto your property via wild animals such as raccoons, squirrels and foxes. They are then usually transferred to your pets and brought into your home. Even if you do not own pets, your home can still be at risk because fleas have such a high vertical jump, often 6-7 inches, they will enter your home on your pant legs and shoes.
How do I get rid of fleas?
Getting rid of fleas can be very frustrating; you have to make sure that all the adults, larvae and eggs have been eliminated or a re-infestation will reoccur. At All-American Pest Control, we can eliminate your flea infestation indoors and help to control the flea population outdoors with our tick and flea yard treatments.
Can I do it myself?
Fleas can get into every corner of your home making if very difficult to find and eliminate them all without professional help. Also, using over the counter chemicals to kill fleas can be dangerous to your family and pets if not used properly. If you have fleas in your home, contact All-American Pest Control today.
Why choose All-American Pest Control?
With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve your flea problem. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive trained professionals, serious commitment and thorough treatments.
How can I prevent a flea problem in the future?
If you own pets, a flea-preventative should be used to thwart the introduction of fleas into your home. Being aware of the warning signs and taking early action are the best methods for controlling fleas on your property or in your home.