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Fleas can be a huge nuisance in summer months. If you’re a pet owner, you might be more familiar with the creatures than you’d like to be! Here’s what you need to know about prevention and caring for your pets and property:

What do fleas look like?

At about 1/8 of an inch long, fleas are tiny parasites that are most often attracted to warm-blooded animals. They’re brown to reddish-brown in color and can often be found on dogs and local wildlife. But don’t let their small stature fool you — fleas can jump about eight inches vertically! The ability to jump is a necessity for transporting themselves, because they don’t fly and are wingless as adults. Most likely, you associate the creatures with dogs. Often their preferred dwelling, our pet friends could find themselves infested with fleas. They’re known for attaching themselves to pet hair and often cause irritation and scratching. Heat and humidity also offer ideal conditions for fleas, so don’t be surprised if you encounter a few during the summer months. Even if you don’t have pets, your neighbor’s animals could transport the pests into your yard or home. Smaller pests such as mice are also known to transmit fleas. It’s important to know how to care for your dog before the infestation becomes harmful or too much to handle. Fleas can reproduce in as little as 30 days — all the more reason to tackle the infestation immediately!

Dangers and Next Steps

Fleas may be small, but they can trigger minor itches, redness, and allergic reactions. They can also transmit murine typhus and are immediate hosts of dog tapeworm. Your smaller pests can even become anemic due to fleas consuming too much of their blood. Because of their ability to reproduce quickly, flea populations can be difficult to control. Small infestations generally can be dealt with by homeowners, but major infestations require a professional. Fleas often attach to pets and make their way onto your property, making them especially difficult to prevent. If you’re experiencing a pest problem, Plunkett’s Pest Control can help. Our family-owned and -operated business has the experience and expertise you can count on, and our technicians are extensively trained to handle your pests. Check out our blog for more insights and pest tips! Or, contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service.


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