New Jersey Flea Control
Fleas have a horrible reputation for being a dirty, annoying pest. The truth is, fleas are not a major health risk to humans, but the scratching of irritated flea bites can lead to infection. On top of that, fleas can worsen respiratory sicknesses and cause complications. Your pet may experience pain during an allergic reaction to flea saliva or even get anemia from constant loss of blood.
To protect your home or business from fleas in New Jersey, you need to learn about the behavior of this pest, take steps for prevention, and find effective treatment options should an infestation occur.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are considered to be parasites. They are black in color and small in size – less than 2 cm. Unlike flies, they do not have wings. To survive, they feed on the blood of animals like dogs, cats, and humans. Even though it is small, a flea is efficient at doing one thing, very well. NJ exterminators at Viking Pest explain their entire body is designed to maximize the amount of blood it can extract from an unsuspecting host. The head is covered in spikes and they use their mouths to puncture the skin in search of their favorite meal.
How to Identify Fleas
Viking Pest’s certified entomologist, Craig, explains adult fleas can be as big as sesame seeds and are usually black or reddish-brown. Fleas tend to be smaller than ticks and have more of an elongated body compared to a ticks round body. Fleas have long back legs and are easily identified by their jumping.
What Problems Can Fleas Cause for Home and Business Owners?
When a pet with fleas runs and moves about the house, they can drop flea eggs along the way onto furniture and floors. Essentially, wherever the pet decides to go, the fleas follow. There are some common threats that fleas pose to humans and pets alike. First, there is a high chance that an unchecked flea infestation on a pet can cause anemia or low iron levels. They can consume more than 15 times their weight in blood. If your pet has pale gums or a low energy level, these may be an indication of an infestation.
Another threat is tapeworms and this happens when a flea is already infected with tapeworm larvae and a pet swallows the flea. Allergic reactions can happen as well from the saliva of the flea as some pets are sensitive to the enzymes. Some reactions can be severe.
When Are Fleas Present in New Jersey
Pest control experts at Viking Pest explain in New Jersey, fleas flourish from the beginning of May until the end of October. The worst time of year for flea infestations is at the end of summer and the beginning of fall because the humidity level and temperature are perfect for breeding. Fleas living inside a building can breed all year long because they are sheltered from the cold winter weather.
How to Prevent Fleas in New Jersey
Adult females can lay up to 50 eggs per day, and although the eggs are generally deposited onto the skin of a host, such as your dog or cat, they tend to roll off onto bedding, carpet, or furniture and can successfully hatch just about anywhere.
New Jersey exterminators at Viking Pest explain there are several steps you can take to aid in preventing a flea infestation in your New Jersey home or business:
- Wear repellent, long pants and socks when visiting sandy areas and beaches
- Treat pets regularly with approved prevention medication
- Regularly wash pets and their bedding to get rid of eggs and flea feces
- Regularly vacuum carpets and steam floors and floorboards
The best way to eradicate fleas from your home or business is to hire a professional exterminator. Viking Pest has staff that is specially trained in how to use cutting edge products to treat your flea issue. Viking streamlines the process by using only the most effective flea-control solutions and Integrated Pest Management techniques that get to the root of the flea problem. This way, the fleas are stopped at the source.
Even the cleanest New Jersey homes or businesses, however, can experience a flea infestation. If that happens, do not despair!
Viking Pest offers expert treatment designed to effectively and efficiently control and prevent fleas from invading your home or business in New Jersey. Call Viking today for your FREE and NO OBLIGATION estimate at 1-800-618-2847 or schedule online today!