Fleas Cause More Than Just Itching.

Fleas are highly-adapted parasites that live on blood. They belong to the order of insects called Siphonaptera, which means "wingless siphon." It was the humble flea that spread the Black Death in Medieval Europe and the bubonic plague pandemics. The flea has claimed more lives than all of the wars that have ever been fought.

Fleas are medium to dark brown and oval shaped. Their "flattened" bodies give them the ability to move through hair easily. Adults are covered with a series of bristles and combs that help them to hang on to their unwilling hosts. They have powerful hind legs that can propel them up to 11 inches.

The common hooked flea.
The common flea is designed to latch on to its host and can use their powerful back legs to hop up to 11 inches to attach to another.

Pets and fleas

Our household pets, sometimes our best friends are usually the source of a flea infestation in your home. If your pet is scratching excessively, you should examine the fur. Pets infested with fleas have reddened skin and may lose hair, due to scratching. Look especially at the hind quarters of dogs and the neck of your cat, as these regions are commonly targeted by fleas.

If you see fleas moving visibly between your pet's hairs or if you see red and black droppings on your pet's skin, contact your veterinarian to begin treatment right away. If you don't see any insects but if your pet is scratching a lot, the scratching may not be due to fleas but to a skin irritation or condition. Your veterinarian will know.

Fleas start out in your yard, but once in your home, they may be difficult to get rid of. Eggs, larvae and pupae will thrive in both your yard or within your home and are hard to see. Flea larvae are dirty-white in color and are about 3 millimeters long.

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Fleas aren't going to just take a hike if you want them to. If you have an infestation in your home, you may have fleas in all stages of life and we can get rid of them and help you keep them from coming back.