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Everything Idaho Falls Residents Should Know About Flea Control

August 31, 2022

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Fleas are tiny parasites that can cause a lot of problems for both pets and humans. They are common in Idaho Falls, and if you aren't careful, they can invade your home and make your life miserable. Epoch Pest Solutions will discuss everything you need to know about fleas in Idaho Falls: how to identify them, how to deal with a flea infestation, and how to prevent them from coming back. 

Fleas: Facts and Identification

Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed mainly on the blood of animals. They are dark brown or black in color and have a hard, flat body. Adult fleas are about the size of a sesame seed, while larvae are much smaller. Fleas can jump up to eight inches high and seven inches horizontally.

Fleas typically live on dogs, cats, and other furry animals, but they can also infest homes. If you think you may have fleas in your home, look for small, dark specks on your carpets or furniture. These are most likely flea dirt, which is actually the feces of adult fleas. Pay attention to your pets for flea symptoms such as excessive scratching, biting, or licking. 

Do Fleas Die Without A Host?

No, fleas can live without a host, but they prefer to have one. A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, and those flea eggs will hatch within two weeks. The larvae will then spin a cocoon and emerge as adults anywhere from five days to eight months later. Once they become adults, fleas will start feeding on blood and will look for a host. If they can't find one, they will start feeding on other animals or, occasionally, humans.

They can cause a lot of problems for both pets and humans. One problem is that they can transmit diseases from one animal to another. They can also cause anemia in young animals or those with weak immune systems. For humans, fleas can cause itching and irritation, and in some cases, they can transmit bacteria that cause diseases.

Is It True That Fleas Burrow Under Skin?

No, this is a myth. Fleas do not burrow under the skin. They can, however, bite humans and animals to feed on their blood. When they bite, they inject a small amount of saliva into the wound. This saliva can cause an allergic reaction in some people or animals, which leads to the belief that fleas are burrowing under the skin.

Don't Let Fleas Take Over Your Home

The best way to get rid of fleas is to keep them out of the house in the first place. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Vacuum regularly, especially if you have pets. Fleas can lay eggs in carpets and upholstered furniture, so it's important to get rid of them as soon as possible.

  • Wash your pet's bedding frequently. This will help kill any fleas or eggs that are present.

  • Don't let your pet sleep on your bed. Fleas can jump from your pet to you, so it's best to keep them off of your bed altogether.

  • Keep your yard clean and free of debris. This will make it less likely for fleas to find a place to live in your yard.

  • Check your animals for fleas regularly. If you find fleas on your pet, take them to the vet for flea treatment.

If you follow these pest control tips, you should be able to keep fleas out of your home and away from your family. However, if you do find yourself with a flea infestation, Epoch Pest Solutions can help. We offer free inspections and a pest-free guarantee. We will work with you to find the best way to get rid of the fleas in your home and prevent them from coming back. Contact us today to learn more.

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