Bed Crawling with Fleas? Time to Call in the Exterminator.
In the summer of 2011, the US experienced the hottest temperatures on record. The blistering heat saw a significant increase in the flea population. These insects thrive in hot and humid environments. Flea pupae lay dormant in cold winter months, and only awaken during summer. This is the time for taking preventative measures. If your pets show any signs of having fleas, contact an expert exterminator immediately, to prevent you and your pets from harm.
Fleas are small, flightless parasitic insects, Feeding off warm blooded animals by way of their skin-piercing mouths. A fleas life starts after an adult female feeds off its host. She will then lay eggs, which tend to fall into the animal’s surroundings. After hatching, the eggs turn into larvae, and then pupal stage. During the pupal stage, the flea is encased within a cocoon, making it resistant to most removal treatments. This stage may last up to 20 weeks, after which the adult flea emerges from the cocoon.
Once the flea has turned into an adult, it will begin feeding on its hosts blood. This is done by piercing the skin with its mouth. A female flea will lay eggs after every meal, which when added up can mean 400-500 eggs within its lifetime.
How Do Animals Get Fleas?
An adult flea can jump up to 7 inches, making pets prone to flea infestation, since they are lower to the ground.
A warm and humid outdoor area is the perfect environment for fleas. Even if your pet spends most of its time outdoors, eggs can still be brought in, thriving in carpeting, bedding, or another pet in the home. This is why a flea exterminator seeks to eliminate both adult fleas and their eggs.
Signs Your Pet Might Have Fleas
- Excessive scratching, or biting of the skin
- Dry, or raw skin
- Irritated ears
- Small red sores, or scabs
If your pet shows any of these signs, call an exterminator immediately.
Call Accurate Pest Control, based in Las Vegas, NV.