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What To Do If You Find Fleas Inside Your Oklahoma City Home?

September 16, 2022

a flea on pet hair

Oklahoma City has many activities for residents that center around the beautiful Oklahoma River. One fun activity is biking or walking on the paved Oklahoma River Trails. Whether your outdoor activities involve local trails or your backyard, beware -fleas could be within striking distance of hitching a ride into your home. Without proper pest control in Oklahoma City, residents and their pets may be the perfect catalyst for ushering fleas into their homes.

The Lifecycle Of The Common Flea

The most common flea in Oklahoma City is the cat flea; it enjoys feasting on cats, dogs, and even humans. Its lifecycle consists of four flea stages before it becomes a full-fledged adult.

The four stages of a flea’s lifecycle consist of the following:

  1. Egg: When a flea finds a host, it begins feasting on its blood. Adults typically use the host’s fur to lay their eggs which easily fall off a host spreading into other areas of your home. Eggs will hatch anywhere from 1 to 12 days.

  2. Larva: After hatching, they move into the larval phase (1 to 2 weeks), where they consume adult flea waste and other organic materials until they are ready to spin their cocoon for the pupa stage. 

  3. Pupa: The pupa uses the cocoon for its protection while developing into an adult. It generally takes 4 to 14 days before they get fully formed.

  4. Adult: About two days after coming out of its cocoon, newly formed adults are ready to eat. Once it latches onto a host, the flea will start feeding, and the cycle begins again with mating and egg-laying.

Fleas are known to live about 100 days, and with a high reproductive rate, females generally produce around 2,000 babies. With this type of reproductive power, flea infestations can quickly get out of hand. When homeowners become aware of fleas, it is wise to contact the professionals at Epoch Pest Solutions immediately before being overrun.

Are You Accidentally Attracting Fleas?

With the reputation for being a “freeloader,” it’s not unusual for homeowners to accidentally attract fleas to their homes. Poorly maintained yards with tall grasses, weeds, and loose debris (like leaves) are attractions that allow fleas to linger until they find a host that brushes up against them that enables them to use their strong legs to jump on board. Once attached, they ride right into your home. Another attraction is pets with no flea protection; however, they will attach themselves to people’s clothing and footwear to slip into homes. Once inside, fleas typically hide wherever people/pets relax (beds, furniture, carpeting, and even cracks in hardwood floors). With so many hiding places, Epoch Pest Solutions is the best way to eliminate fleas from your house.

How To Get Fleas Out Of Your House

Once fleas enter your home, they are a bugger to get out! While the best way to get rid of fleas in Oklahoma City is by calling a pest professional like Epoch Pest Solutions, homeowners can take some steps to help combat flea infestations.

Ways to get fleas out of your house include:

  • Running a comb through your pets’ hair and washing it with a vet-approved flea wash

  • Applying a vet-approved flea treatment

  • Vacuuming and cleaning regularly

  • Washing bed linens regularly

To eliminate all phases of a flea’s life cycle, the only way to ensure successful flea removal is with help from Epoch Pest Solutions. We have treatments that will penetrate areas most do-it-yourself treatments miss.

No More Fleas In Your Oklahoma City Home

The only sure way to combat fleas in your home is by partnering with a trusted pest professional company like Epoch Pest Solutions. Our company has been servicing the Oklahoma City area since 2019 with technicians that have been tested and proven. Our professional flea control services in Oklahoma City target areas outside and inside that facilitate flea infestations. With a pest-free guarantee, you can’t go wrong contacting Epoch Pest Solution; call us today for a free inspection and estimate.

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