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Why Can’t I Get Rid Of These Fleas In My Oklahoma City House?

May 05, 2022

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If you are struggling with fleas in your Oklahoma City home, it can seem like these teeny pests are impossible to eliminate. 

Fleas are a problem almost everywhere globally, and despite their small size, they have larger-than-life abilities. Fleas can lift objects 150 times heavier than their bodies and jump around 30,000 times in a row. Fleas’ tiny size, coupled with their travel speed, makes it hard to keep up with them.

The only way to get rid of fleas in your home is with professional pest control in Oklahoma.

Read on to learn how to identify fleas and whether fleas are dangerous in your home. We also provide answers to why you’re experiencing fleas in your house and point you in the direction of total flea pest control.

What Are Fleas? 

Fleas are tiny, wingless insects. Fleas are so small that you can line up eight of them, end to end, within a single inch. They have flat, reddish bodies that appear brighter and engorged after feeding. 

Fleas are parasites, which means they survive on the blood of a host. In homes, fleas may target people or pets, such as cats and dogs, and in the wild, they feed on the blood of rats, skunks, raccoons, and other warm-blooded animals. 

How Dangerous Is It To Have Fleas In My House?

Many problems are associated with fleas in the house, making flea control necessary. Two of the most serious concerns are:

  • Fleas can spread disease. When fleas feed on infected sources, they also become infected and can then pass bacteria onto you. Fleas cause typhus, plague, and cat-scratch disease, among other conditions.

  • Fleas irritate. Flea bites are itchy and cause raised red skin. Being bitten by fleas on an ongoing basis is known to heighten stress and affect sleeping patterns. 

Fleas multiply rapidly, which is why homes need specialized flea treatments administered by flea control professionals. Otherwise, left alone, a female flea can produce 40 to 50 offspring per day and up to 2,000 in her lifetime. 

Why Do I Have Fleas In My House?

There are a few ways fleas enter Oklahoma City homes, some more common than others. Here are three of the most typical ways that fleas invade.

  1. Hitching a ride on pets. Fleas mainly find their way indoors by hitching a ride on pets, like dogs and cats. Fleas can jump up to eight inches in the air—an outrageous height when considering their size—and thus, they often leap from grass or nearby plants onto pets that venture outdoors.

  2. Being carried in on clothes or personal items, such as backpacks and purses. Fleas and other pests like bed bugs can jump and attach themselves to items placed on the floor. 

  3. Nestling inside old furniture that’s resold or exchanged. Old furniture, especially upholstered items, can contain pests like fleas and bed bugs and should be closely inspected. 

If you’re a pet parent concerned with fleas, consult your veterinarian on pet-safe solutions.

What’s The Best Way To Completely Get Rid Of Fleas in My House?

The only way to get rid of fleas in your Oklahoma City home is with professional pest control.

Epoch Pest Solutions is a local pest controller serving Oklahoma City homes and businesses. We offer guaranteed, specialized treatments for fleas and other pests with a five-step treatment plan focused on prevention and protection.

For help with fleas or for answers to your questions on other Oklahoma City pests, call Epoch Pest Solutions today.

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