Flightless Fleas

Fleas are small flightless insects; be careful, I said flightless not harmless! Unlike some pests encountered around the home, fleas cause discomfort and irritation to both pets and people. Size of a flea is from 1/12″ to 1/6″. Instead of flying, fleas jump. In fact, fleas can jump as high as 8″ vertically, which is 150 times their own height. These parasites feeding on blood, can live on any warm-blooded animal, but seem to prefer to live on humans, cats, dogs, rats and other rodents. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs, blankets and carpets.

Flea control can be frustrating and costly endeavor. Fleas account for more than half of all dermatological conditions requiring veterinary assistance, and even a single flea bite to a hypersensitive animal or person may cause intense itching and irritation.

Fleas multiply quickly and carry diseases. It’s best to deal with an infestation as quickly as possible by contacting flea pest control company. Fleas, ticks, and bedbugs shelter in the crevices, nooks, and crannies found in homes.

Evolution has shown that fleas have evolved to store 15 times more blood than their own weight. They have a lot of short spikes on their legs, allowing them to stick very firmly to the host. Once they have penetrated the animals or humans skin, they inject the saliva. The saliva is known to have 15 different substances that may cause severe allergic reactions. Especially dogs are at risk of developing flea allergy.

Fleas are best known for spreading the Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva is an allergen that can cause allergic reactions in pets and humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Painful, itchy red bumps are caused by flea bites. In order to prevent fleas attacks in your homes and pets, you need to clean and vacuum frequently, keep your yards clean of garbage and pet droppings, give your pets flea and tick treatments by taking them to the vet at least once a year and give them baths daily.

If you neglect to treat the pet’s environment, you will miss more than 90% of the developing flea population- the eggs, larvae and pupae. If the pet spends time indoors, the interior of the homes should also be treated. Even if you try your best to keep your house and surroundings clean, there is a chance of flea invasion and once fleas become established in a home, insecticides are almost always needed to control them. Even after the treatment some of the adult fleas are visible for up to 3 weeks . This happens because flea pupae are protected from insecticides by their cocoons, emerging as adults in one to three weeks. Don’t be alarmed. Once exposed to the pesticide residual they will be eliminated.

So if you suspect a flea infestation, it is important to hire a flea control professionals to rid your home of rodents and fleas, professionals like HMG pest control. With our 100% guaranteed service and eco-friendly pesticides, we will make sure that your house is free of fleas and you have a safe and clean environment to live in. HMG Pest Control is the best flea exterminator in Toronto, contact us today by telling about your pest issue.

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