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Flea infestations are common in homes where there are cats or dogs, and fleas can even enter a home by hitching rides on wildlife like opossums or skunks that climb into the crawl space. Fleas thrive in indoor environments and feed on humans as well as animals. Unfortunately, fleas are more than just a nuisance. Fleas can transmit diseases through their bites and feces including endemic typhus fever, which they can acquire from infected rats, opossums, and other pests.
What’s more, fleas are difficult to eliminate. After an adult female has had her first meal of blood, she can produce 27 eggs per day. Eggs hatch over 1 to 12 days depending on temperature and humidity, and larvae then develop for 4 to 14 days before emerging as adults. It is critical that flea control targets every point of the pest’s lifecycle, from egg to adult.
Fleas are most active in the DC area in the late summer and early fall. Many flea eggs hatch during the spring and summer. The larva and pupa mature in the fall, when temperatures and humidity levels are moderate. Tiny flea eggs are not sticky and fall off the host, usually onto pet beds, carpet, and furniture.
Controlling fleas often begins with prevention, and many veterinarians recommend professional flea control treatments for any household with a pet.
Flea bites can be extremely itchy for pets and humans. If you notice your pet scratching or grooming themselves excessively, check your pet for signs of fleas, which may include droppings or flea eggs on your pet or pet bedding. Fleas can also cause tapeworms and anemia in pets. If you notice these conditions in your pets, fleas may well be the cause.
Professional flea treatments include insect growth inhibitors (IGIs) and treatments that eliminate adult fleas. While you may be comfortable using a spot-on formula for your pet, it is important to treat all areas of your home, including outdoor pet areas, to remove fleas, eggs, larvae, and pupae. To get rid of fleas, we use environmentally responsible methods that target the pest, not your family. The result is a safe, flea-free home – guaranteed.