Fleas in Southwest Florida
Due to our mild and inviting climate here in Southwest Florida, fleas are a concern year round but are especially active in spring and summer. The most common type of flea in Florida is the cat flea, but these blood-sucking insects will be happy to latch onto any of your pets or animals. Discover ways to spot fleas and how to stop them from infesting your home.
How to Identify Fleas
The adult flea is a tiny wingless insect that is generally dark in color. Fleas possess mouths made for sucking the blood of their hosts as well as long legs designed for jumping. However, once they’ve leapt onto a host, they prefer not to jump around to others. That’s why they’re often not noticeable until you inspect your pet’s fur—which can pose problems, considering their ability to multiply quickly. A thriving adult flea can lay up to 30 eggs in one day!
Identifying characteristics of fleas include:
- About 1/16 to 1/8 inch long
- 6 long legs
- Antennae but no wings
- Usually dark-colored
- Body with hard exterior, fine hairs, and narrow, flat sides
Are Fleas Dangerous?
Although fleas do not destroy property or deliver lethal bites, they do cause itchiness and irritation on both pet and human skin. Animals may have allergic reactions to fleas or exacerbate the issue with excessive scratching, chewing, or licking, which can cause infections and hair loss. If your dog or cat has fleas, your veterinarian may recommend an anti-flea prescription or shampoo that’s best for your pet.
How to Prevent Fleas at Home
Appropriately named, cat fleas are most frequently found on felines but will certainly not hesitate to make any warm-blooded animal its host. In addition, it is possible to have a flea infestation without having pets. The main concern fleas present is how quickly they begin laying eggs and reproducing—allowing them to spread rapidly while embodying many different stages of the life cycle.
Some of the best ways to prevent fleas around your property include:
- Quick action. Again, fleas can reproduce at an alarming rate. Start removing flea populations as soon as you notice them by vacuuming and/or washing all fabrics. Contact pest control professionals for further assistance so fleas don’t grow out of control or into a recurring problem.
- Thorough cleaning and vacuuming. Sucking up fleas in a vacuum before they can suck any more blood is the fastest and easiest way to keep them from spreading. Give special attention to areas in which your pet hangs out, as these will include the greatest amount of fleas in their various life stages.
- Lawn and landscape upkeep. Of course, fleas are picked up from outside (oftentimes in grass or dirt in your yard) as they await a host. Help keep your lawn pest- and flea-free with ongoing lawn care services.
- Keep pets and animals well-groomed. Consistently keeping up with your pet’s health and hygiene is the biggest way to prevent fleas from infesting them or your home. Make sure your furry friends have vet-recommended flea control methods in place, and regularly groom and bathe your pet so their fur stays well-kept and free of nesting fleas.
Make Fleas Flee with Hoskins Pest Control
If you’re dealing with a major flea presence, don’t wait until they take over your home. Offering Florida flea control and lawn care services, Hoskins Pest Control has years of experience managing all kinds of pest infestations. Contact us or give us a call today to get started and receive your free estimate.