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Professional Flea Extermination In Santa Monica California
Fleas are responsible for as many or more infestations as bed bugs, cockroaches, and termites. Like the bed bug that prefers human blood, the flea prefers animal blood. However, both the flea and bed bugs will opt for their least favorite blood meal if it is the difference between dying and surviving.
Fleas are small insects that hitchhike from point A to point B. They will hop inside of accessories or on the back of a pet to find a new host. One flea may not appear to be problematic, but it very well could if it is a pregnant female. When food is plentiful, the adult female flea can produce up to 20 eggs every three to five hours. However, to achieve maximum egg production, the environment must be at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity 70 percent.
Most Common Flea Sighting In Santa Monica?
According to evidence, Santa Monica residents report more cat flea sightings than any other species. Hopefully, you are not under the impression your home and pet are 100 percent safe because it is not a feline (cat). This is a major misconception that will not prepare you for a cat flea infestation, even though you do not own a kitten or cat.
The cat flea “Ctenocephalides felis” has reportedly been found on the deer, raccoon, squirrel, fox, ferret, and dog. The adult measures up to one-eighth of an inch in length. Thanks to the flat body, the flea can maneuver between hair follicles and escape human fingers.
The flea has amazing jumping capability. In fact, reports claim the insect can easily jump up to 33 centimeters or 13 inches vertically.
Like the bed bug and tick, the flea is generally brought into the home, instead of invading the home. There is a big difference between these two infiltration methods. It is crucial to know the risks, especially when pets are involved.
Physical Characteristics Of A Flea Bite
Flea bites are not much different than other insect bites, they appear as a pinpoint-sized red spot, accompanied by redness, swelling, and itching. A flea infestation without medicine or medical intervention will lead to a condition known as “flea allergy dermatitis.” This condition is characterized as hair loss, redness, and edema, all related to an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva.
What Is The Most Effective Flea Infestation Extermination?
Flea infestations are more severe than a flea problem. In fact, a flea infestation can involve hundreds if not thousands of live fleas, larvae, and eggs. Flea problems can involve one or several dozens of live fleas, eggs, and larvae.
A flea prevention strategy should include industrial-strength pesticide, routine inspections, and education.
- Do not adopt a bed from your local shelter until you are fully willing to accept the responsibility
- Develop a flea treatment regimen, utilizing anti-parasite medicine, shampoo, and a collar
- Keep the lawn mowed to fight against high humidity on the ground floor. Grass should not be taller than three inches to keep ground floor humidity minimal
- Encourage neighbors, friends, and family members to not feed passing wildlife. Deer, squirrels, opossum, and raccoon are oftentimes infested with fleas in the summer months
- Install metal barriers around sheds, porches, decks, and exterior garages to keep wild animals out
- Inspect your pet’s living quarters at least once a week
- Reach out to your local vet for questions about medical conditions related to flea infestations
- Develop a cleaning schedule for your pet’s bedding
- Vacuum thoroughly to remove potential flea eggs, larvae, live fleas, and flea dirt
Infestations are extremely complex, especially when a large volume of fleas are involved. To combat a flea infestation, lowering the indoor and outdoor population is a necessity. The only pest control solution that can help you reach this goal is our professional-grade pesticides and traps. We combine treatments to ensure the maximum results. But, these will not work if all members of the household are not on board.