Fleas — A Year Round Fight!

Owning dogs and cats means that your home is subject to a flea infestation at any given time.  A trip to the veterinarian, romping through backyard, or a daily walk can bring bloodsucking fleas onto your animal.  Fleas however are very resourceful hitchhiking creatures.  A visit to a friend’s house that has fleas or even performing weekly yard work can bring the little pests indoors as they will hitch a ride on pants, socks, shoes, etc.

Once fleas come inside, with or without pets, fleas will multiply at an alarming rate in a very short period of time.  Like other blood sucking creatures, fleas need a blood meal to transform from one life stage to another.  Fleas in all life stages are able to go extended periods of time without a meal, but will be in full attack mode once animals or humans are available.

Cat fleas are the most common fleas that are found biting dogs, cats, humans, and most other types of animals that they will feed upon.  Fleas have strong legs which enable them to jump long distances once they detect their intended target.  Ridding a home of fleas requires treating the animals as well as working to eliminate fleas from all animal bedding, furniture pieces, carpets, cracks and crevices, floorboards, and the spaces in between wood flooring.

Fleas are able to transmit dangerous diseases via their bites as well as cause red itchy welts and secondary infections.  Flea elimination requires professional treatment which can be done by a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control.