Stubborn, relentless, and possibly dangerous, fleas are an issue that no Florida pet owner wants to contend with. But, invariably, you almost certainly will. Fleas won’t necessarily only bite your pets either. As parasites who thrive on blood, they look for a meal in any warm-blooded animal (yes, that can include you). Keeping fleas under control can be a task best left to Orlando pest control experts, such as the technicians at Apex.
There are some things you can do on your own to manage fleas to a large degree. A lot of this management starts in key flea habitat: the yard surrounding your house. Fleas are also surprising and varied pests in both behavior and type. Knowing a few things about what fleas are bothering your family, and how they are doing it, is a good place to start:
- Cat fleas are almost certainly going to be the flea you’ll be dealing with locally. Ctenocephalides felis, scientifically, is very common.
- Fleas can jump eight inches vertically and in rapid succession.
- Parasites are often carried by fleas; these can be passed on to pets very easily.
- Fleas are often identified by the itchy red patches they can leave on the skin after feeding.
- A female flea will lay anywhere from 200 to 400 eggs at a time.
So, what can you do to stop fleas? Start with the yard. Simply by walking through areas that are common stomping grounds for your pets, you should see fleas clinging to your clothing if you have a true infestation (wear something white if you attempt this to see them best). If your pet has fleas, they almost certainly came from either your yard or a park you frequent, and once fleas find suitable a habitat, they are difficult to remove.
First thing is first, though; treat your pets. Using shampoos, sprays, and other assorted items on the market, this is pretty easy to handle on your own. Once your pets are in the clear, you can go about the business of making certain that they do not regain this itchy nuisance with a few steps:
- De-clutter your yard: Fleas need overgrown grass and undisturbed structures as habitat. Clearing these out are a quick way to move fleas along.
- Vacuum inside the home: Using a combination of solutions and substances designed for flea removal, thoroughly vacuum and clean every inch of a house that has had an issue.
- Call in the professionals: Fleas are tricky, and, at some point, you may need some help. Calling in professional flea removal technicians can ensure a clear house and a clear future.
At Apex, we’ve been in the business of fleas for three decades. Our experience with Orlando pest control is unassailable. For more information, contact us today at (866) 675-4070, and we’ll make sure you have a safe and flea free home.