Fleas are one of the most notorious yard pests in Texas. They can burrow into moist soil, laying eggs and larvae. Fleas are also equipped with three pairs of legs that help them jump up to 10,000 times consecutively. With a body only one to three millimeters in length, fleas aren’t the easiest pests to find in your yard. With fleas always seeking a host to feed from, your pets are usually the first to be targeted. Fleas will leave dirt like droppings in the fur, usually found on your pet’s abdomen, tail, or head. Pets will usually indicate flea agitation by scratching, biting or licking the skin.
Don’t let their size fool you, when working in large numbers fleas can create health complications for you and your pet. Fleas have the ability to consume fifteen times their body size worth of blood. Fleas can cause anemia for dogs, especially small puppies which can be life-threatening. They tend to feed every one to two days. Fleas that have fed on rodents may also transmit diseases, including plague and murine typhus. Fleas will even feed on you if you aren’t careful.
Known for being hearty and nimble, the flea is an unwelcome guest that must be contained early or else getting rid of it can prove to be problematic. When looking for treatment it is important to understand they hide in bedding, rugs, and upholstery just to name a few common places. Citrus sprays containing limonene or linalool can be applied to rugs, carpeting and pet bedding. These places should all be cleaned thoroughly at the first sign of infestation. Vacuuming removes up to 30 percent of the larvae and up to 60 percent of flea eggs from your carpet. Remember to empty your vacuum after use because fleas can develop inside the bag. Because flea pupae are hard to kill with insecticides, an additional follow-up treatment is usually needed 7 to 10 days after the first application. When removing fleas from your pets, use a flea comb and then drop the fleas into a soapy bucket.
Don’t wait until fleas get out of hand. Begin your flea control program early for best results. Start a thorough sanitation program and check your pet for fleas regularly. Texas Termite & Pest Control serves the greater Houston area with quality Termite & Pest Control Service and Real Estate Inspections.