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How To Completely Get Rid Of A Flea Infestation In Your Idaho Falls Home

June 16, 2022

a flea up close

If you have fleas in your Idaho Falls home, it may feel as if these pests have taken over. Fleas are one of the fastest-breeding pests, and females lay up to 50 eggs per day, every day, over the flea lifecycle. If you don’t get rid of fleas quickly, the flea infestation will worsen, leading to other problems. 

The only way to guarantee that you adequately address a home flea infestation is with pest control in Idaho Falls.

Read on to learn how to identify fleas in your home and the dangerous diseases that fleas spread. We’ll also explain four ways fleas find their way into our homes, along with the most-effective way to remove fleas for good.

How To Tell If Its Fleas Infesting Your Home

Fleas are extremely small, ranging from just 1/10 to 1/3 of a centimeter. They appear as tiny flecks to the naked human eye, but these pests have a tough, bristled exterior.

Fleas are dark brown in color, but their bodies will engorge and be reddish-brown after feeding.

The Dangerous Diseases Fleas Are Known To Spread 

Fleas are parasites, meaning they feed on the blood of their hosts. Fleas bite warm-blooded mammals, such as people, and pets, such as cats, dogs, and birds.

When fleas draw blood, they cause an open wound to develop on the skin. When fleas feed, they also defecate, known as “flea dirt,” which can be rubbed into the open wound, causing an infection.

Some of the diseases that fleas are known to spread include:

  • Bubonic plague 

  • Murine typhus

  • Tungiasis

  • Tularemia 

Some people may also experience an allergic reaction to flea bites. A flea allergy caused by flea bites can result in dermatitis or bumpy rashes.

All The Ways Fleas Find Their Way Into Our Homes

There are quite a few ways fleas enter homes and get carried indoors. The four most common ways that fleas enter Idaho Falls homes are:

  1. Fleas are carried inside by outdoor pets. Fleas can jump up to eight inches off of the ground, and often they jump onto the coats of cats and dogs.

  2. Fleas are carried in by other pests. If you have birds or mice in your attic or raccoons rustling through your trash, they carry fleas that will migrate elsewhere.

  3. You can bring fleas in on old furniture. They hide in second-hand furniture, such as an upholstered sofa or mattress. 

  4. If a family member or friend has had exposure to fleas, there’s a chance they will transport them to your home.

Even if we don't physically carry fleas into our homes, they can easily enter. Fleas are so small that they can squeeze themselves into tiny cracks and pinpoint-sized holes, so it’s imperative to remain vigilant about areas that need repair, no matter how small.

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of A Flea Infestation In Your Home

Fleas’ prolific breeding behaviors and their capacity to transmit disease make these pests challenging contenders to face—and one that’s best left to the professionals. 

Epoch Pest Solutions has the expertise, equipment, and experience to remove fleas from Idaho Falls homes and keep them from coming back. Whether dealing with fleas or other pests, our dual pest prevention and protection program addresses where and how pests are entering and determine how to prevent a future infestation.

For help with fleas or other pests, call Epoch Pest Solutions today.

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