Flea Exterminators – Control – Removal
Serving North Bay and East Bay Areas
Fleas are a dreaded pest in any household. Homes with pets are especially vulnerable to flea infestations, especially when your cats or dogs spend time outdoors. Preventing, controlling, and exterminating fleas is not an easy task. If you notice signs of fleas inside your home, it’s best to call professional flea exterminators before the infestation spreads.
The Dangers of Flea Infestations
Fleas can enter the home by attaching to an animal outside. Because they feed on blood from their host, they can easily move on to other suitable hosts inside the household. Aside from the fact that fleas are a nuisance, they can also be dangerous for your family and pets. Flea bites can cause swollen, itchy marks on the host, allergic reactions, and can occasionally transmit diseases or internal parasites to people and pets.
Once fleas have infested your home, they can spread quickly to your bedding, pet items, carpets and rugs, furniture, baseboards, and more. Catching an infestation in its early stages is always the best way to stop fleas from spreading. Even if you don’t own a pet, flea infestations can also occur in residential yards where wildlife populations are dense. Most commonly, raccoons, opossums, deer, cattle, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and skunks will carry fleas, bringing flea eggs and larvae into your yard.
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Signs You Have Fleas in Your Home
- Odd pet behavior: Excessive scratching, reddened skin, hair loss, pale gums, restlessness, and welts or bumps on your cat or dog are all signs they may have fleas.
- Flea feces: Adult flea feces, or flea dirt, looks similar to coarse ground black pepper and may be seen in bedding, on pets, or in other areas of the home.
- Bites on humans: People with flea bites experience itchiness, irritation, and raised red bumps at the site of the bite.
Spotting Fleas (Flea Characteristics)
Once you know what signs to look for, you may also spot fleas on your pet or jumping around your house. Fleas are small, wingless, reddish-brown in color, and about 2.5 mm long (about the size of a small sesame seed). Fleas have long hind legs and can jump 7 inches, vertically.
Professional Flea Extermination
Protect your family, pets, and home from the health risks associated with fleas. Call the flea exterminators at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control team today for a free estimate and to learn more about the most effective preventative and proactive flea treatments in the industry.