Fleas are tiny and hard to spot; however, once you see one in your home, it can be hard to unsee it. These parasitic insects can jump between hosts and spread throughout your Hudson Valley home in a flash. While there are different types of fleas, they are all driven by the same need for blood and warmth. A flea can settle on your pets or even turn its sights on you.
Flea bites can carry a slew of different diseases and other health concerns. Don’t let yourself, your pets, or your Hudson Valley home fall victim to these tiny pests. The best way to get rid of fleas in the house is to contact your local Hudson Valley pest control company, like the professionals at Pestmaster® Services.
The Lifecycle Of Fleas
Like most tiny parasitic insects, a flea has a fairly short lifecycle, with a lifespan of nearly 100 days. The process of egg to larva to pupa can last as long as 30 days, and in this stage, the flea will cocoon itself and thrive on flea dirt. From the pupa stage, it can take a few months to reach full adulthood.
The pupa will not emerge from its cocoon into adulthood until it senses a host nearby. Therefore, many fleas can be in a dormant state until a potential host is close, which is another reason they can be so hard to detect. But once they are out and on their host, they begin feeding and the process starts all over again.
Diseases Fleas Can Spread
Did you know that there are both dog fleas and cat fleas? Both of these fleas carry diseases that can harm your pets, to the point where they can become very ill. Here are just a few of the different illnesses fleas can cause:
- Cat-scratch disease
This list doesn't even begin to cover the many different skin irritations that flea bites can inflict upon your pets. Needless to say, a flea infestation will have a negative effect on your pet’s health, as well as the potential for a negative impact on your own health.
Natural Flea Prevention Tips
Once the fleas are inside your home, there are only a few ways to eradicate them; however, there are natural prevention tips you can utilize to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Such as:
- Clean up yard debris to prevent flea populations.
- Bathe pets regularly.
- Wash your sheets or blankets as well as your pet's bedding on a high heat cycle.
- Vacuum carpets and upholstery regularly.
These are just a few ways to prevent a flea infestation in your home. When you are already overrun, however, the best way to get rid of fleas involves calling your local pest professionals. A licensed team can better assess the situation and eradicate the problem.
The Trick To Getting Rid Of Fleas For Good
The real trick to getting rid of fleas in your home for good is by calling in a team that can effectively eliminate them. Our team at Pestmaster® Services is the team you can count on for the job. With more than two decades of quality experience in the business, we know how to handle a flea infestation.
Give us a call for a free quote on an inspection today to get started on the best way to get rid of fleas. Our team at Pestmaster® Services employs trained K9 dog units to help us find even the smallest of infestations, all with the end goal of being thorough for your future benefit. Reach out to us at Pestmaster® Services when you’re ready to tackle the flea problem in your home.