Our weather conditions here are favorable for fleas year round. Our high levels of humidity and rather warm winters leave us vulnerable to pest infestations all year long. Fleas are one of those pests that seem to never leave us alone. They pester our pets, us and infest our homes in large numbers in a very short amount of time. If you have pets, you have probably had to combat fleas more than once in your lifetime. Fleas can be rather difficult to get rid of if you don’t know what you’re doing. Today, we will offer some helpful tips on making your home flea free and discuss why right now is the best time to get a handle on these pesky parasites. First, it’s important to know how to recognize a flea when you see one and how to determine whether or not your pet may be suffering from flea bites.
What Do Fleas Look Like to the Human Eye?
– Approximately 0.12 inches in length
– Dark brown to reddish brown in color
– Fleas have six long legs, with the back legs being the longest for jumping
– Fleas are wingless
– Long mouthparts for extracting blood from their hosts
– Can jump up to 30 times higher than their size
Signs Dogs & Cats in Your House Have Fleas
-Excessive licking, scratching or biting
-Red patches on their skin or hair loss
Is Winter the Best Time to Get Rid of Fleas?
The ideal conditions for fleas to thrive is in warmer temperatures with high humidity. A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs in a single day! Just 20 fleas in your home means you will have 1,000 eggs laid a day in your home. Flea infestations get out of hand quickly, so it is very important to keep a handle on them and inspect your home and pets regularly for signs of fleas. Fleas lay their eggs on our pets, as our pets move about the eggs fall off onto carpets, furniture, pet bedding, in cracks by baseboards etc. These eggs only need about two or more days to hatch then they enter their second stage of life, the larvae stage. After 5-18 days the larvae spin a cocoon and move onto the pupae phase. When conditions are right, they can become adult, biting fleas in 3-5 days. If you add that up, in a months time, you can be dealing with 1000’s of adult biting fleas in your home. Just because the weather cools off, doesn’t mean they go away. It is of utmost importance to continue to treat your pets for fleas year-round. In the Winter, we tend to have a bit drier heat which slows down how fast they grow. The dry heat from our furnaces aids in slowing down the aging process too, giving us extra time to rid our homes of eggs and larvae before they become adults. It is easier to combat eggs and larvae, than adult fleas.
Flea Infestation Control
Start by washing everything your pet has come in contact with hot water including their bedding, toys, couch covers, cushion covers, your bedding rugs etc. Then while they are washing, do a thorough vacuuming of the whole home, including cracks and crevices around baseboards and under furniture. Regular pest treatments by a professional pest control company will be the single most important step in combating flea infestations around your home, inside and out. Fleas get brought in by other domestic animals and wild animals that may make their way into your yard which makes fighting fleas challenging. By keeping your home treated for unwanted pests and keeping your pets treated for fleas year round, you can ensure fleas are killed before they have the chance to multiply in your home! SE Florida Pest Control offers flea treatments and can aid you in keeping your home flea free this winter. Give us a call today!