What are fleas?
Fleas are tiny insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, and though they are only about the size of a speck of dirt, the human eye can see them. Fleas are reddish-brown, have bodies flattened from side to side, and are wingless. Like other insects, fleas have six legs; however, their back pair are larger and stronger and used by fleas to jump out of harm's way and find their way onto an animal host.
A professional pest prevention plan is effective at keeping these pests out of your Huntsville home.
Are fleas dangerous?
Despite their small size, fleas are dangerous pests. Not only can they spread diseases that make people ill through their feeding habits, but the bites themselves can also cause serious problems.
Most people and animals experience an allergic response to their saliva. After being bitten, a raised, red, itchy rash develops. When you scratch at their bites, it can cause a secondary infection to occur. In pets, excessive scratching can lead to hair loss, and a large infestation can cause your pets to become anemic.
Though fleas are tiny, the impact they cause is significant, and their presence in and around your home isn't something you should overlook.
Why do I have a flea problem?
Though having pets does increase the chance of fleas finding their way into your yard or home, any property can become overrun with these tiny insects. Unfortunately for people and animals in our area, Alabama's hot, humid weather allows fleas to thrive.
Wild animals like rodents, skunks, and raccoons are the most likely reason why fleas have found their way onto your property. When you and your pets are outside in your yard, you will eventually come into contact with these fleas and bring them back into your house.
Mice and other unwanted wild animal intruders are another reason for a flea infestation to develop inside your home. When they enter your house, so do the fleas living on their backs.
Fleas are prolific breeders, and once they find a way into your home, they will quickly establish large populations. Fleas are tough to control and eliminate from both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Where will I find fleas?
Adult fleas spend most of their lives on the back of an animal host. While fleas will bite people if we are around, they don't live on our bodies.
Before fleas find their way onto an animal host, they live in a place that provides them with shade and moisture. In yards, fleas gather under leaf piles, woodpiles, shrubs, decks, and wherever your pets or wild animals regularly spend their time.
Inside our homes, fleas not feeding will hang out in upholstered furniture, rugs, bedding, folded linens, and behind baseboards or the cracks of floors.
How do I get rid of fleas?
Fleas are some of the most frustrating pests to try to control. Their small size and prolific breeding habits make them a force to be reckoned with. The best way to eliminate fleas is to partner with Morton's Pest Control. We will provide you with high-quality services using EPA-approved products to eliminate and control fleas in and around your home while keeping your family safe.
We know that each property has its own unique needs and will provide the customized home pest control and commercial pest control programs in Huntsville necessary to keep these biting pests out of your yard and away from your family. Reach out today to learn more about the benefits of choosing Morton's Pest Control to take care of your Alabama property's flea problems!
How can I prevent fleas in the future?
Since fleas are often introduced onto our properties by animals, making your property as unappealing as possible to wild animals is essential.
- Remove bird and other wild animal feeders from your yard.
- Keep lids on all trash cans and compost bins.
- Remove leaf piles, woodpiles, and other debris from your yard that provide wild animals with harborage spots.
- Keep the grass in your yard cut short.
- Seal openings that can allow rodents and other wild animals and the fleas living on their backs to move into your house.
Partnering with a professional who can provide regular treatments is the best way to keep your yard from being overrun by fleas and remove the fleas that have found a way into your home!