Flea Identification & Prevention

About Fleas In San Diego

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Fleas are tiny, ectoparasitic pests that are commonly picked up by our pets while frolicking around in our yards. These pests are unknowingly brought into our homes where they will quickly jump from host to host. Fleas can be a year-round problem for San Diego residents whether they have pets or not. There are many ways to incur a flea infestation other than having pets; learn more about flea infestations and how an ongoing pest control program can help keep them out of your home!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Fleas

What are fleas?

Fleas are external parasitic insects that can live either in their hosts' environment or directly on their bodies. Fleas are infamous for living in mammal fur and bird feathers, but they can bite people as well. Since they're such astounding jumpers, it's easy for them to leap on top of humans and leap off in a snap.

Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas are not as dangerous to humans as ticks and mosquitoes anymore. They used to be one of the primary vectors for the deadliest pandemics on the planet (black plague), but now that there's a cure for the plague, it's much more rare for fleas to spread diseases to humans, but it can still happen – which is why you need to keep fleas away!

Where do fleas live?

Fleas prefer to live right on their hosts' bodies, giving them easy access to blood. However, it's tough for fleas to live on people because we don't have fur for them to hide inside. That means they might live in your carpet or sofa or other places with easy access to both hiding places and food.

What do fleas eat?

Fleas eat blood. Like ticks and bed bugs, fleas depend on blood for food and cannot eat anything else.

How do I know if I have a flea problem?

Contrary to popular belief, you can see fleas. They look like bouncy black specks springing from place to place from a distance. If you see fleas jumping around in your house or property, that's a sure sign you have them. Other signs include scratchy, itchy pets and small, red bites on your feet and lower legs.

How can I prevent a flea infestation?

The best way to prevent a breeding population of fleas on your property is to treat your pets and prevent other flea vectors. Your vet can let you know your options regarding preventative flea and tick meds. Other flea vectors might be a little harder to deal with; ongoing rodent control and or wildlife prevention methods are also effective for keeping fleas out.

Even if you treat your pets or don't have any, you always have to worry about wildlife. Everything from rats to raccoons can carry fleas onto your property. If even a few fleas hop off and decide to stay, you can wind up with a full-blown infestation in as little as a few weeks. That means you should keep your home sealed and your trash covered and take other measures to keep wildlife at bay.

How do I get rid of fleas?

If you already have a flea infestation, don't try to deal with it yourself. Not only are OTC flea foggers and sprays ineffective, but some of them are also toxic and can cause severe symptoms, especially in pets. For safe and effective flea elimination services, contact the residential and commercial pest management professionals at Habitat Protection. Our experts can handle any flea infestation, big or small, so you can have peace of mind that you won't have to worry about fleas biting your ankles or toxic DIY flea products wafting into your airways.

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