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What are fleas?

Fleas are small, wingless parasites that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They are 1/12 to 1/6-inches long, have “flattened” reddish-brown bodies, and hind legs that give them great jumping abilities. 

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Can fleas transmit diseases?

Yes, fleas feed off the blood of warm-blooded mammals and since they have a wide variety of hosts, they can transmit disease from one host to another. Additionally, fleas can transfer tapeworm, trigger serious allergies, dermatitis, and cause anemia in pets. 

 

Are fleas a problem for only pets, or can they affect humans too?

Fleas don’t just bite animals, they will bite and feed on humans too.

What do flea bites look like?

Flea bites are small red bumps that often have a “halo” around the bite center. On humans, flea bites are often found on ankles, legs, knees, waist, groin, elbows, and armpits. 

Do flea bites need to be treated?

Although quite itchy, flea bites do not usually require treatment and subside on their own. 

What is flea dirt?

Flea dirt is actually the feces of fleas. It looks like tiny, dark specks and is often found on pets, pet bedding, and in other areas where fleas are present. 

What do fleas eat?

As mentioned above, fleas feed on blood and in fact, female fleas require a blood meal in order to lay eggs. Flea larvae will feed on organic debris found in their proximity including, but not limited to dead skin, hair, and feces of adult fleas.

Can fleas jump?

Having no wings does not hinder fleas from moving around. Using their powerful legs, fleas can jump eight inches vertically, that’s approximately 150 times their own height. 

Why do I have a flea problem in my home?

If you’re a pet owner, it’s very likely fleas entered on your pet(s). Of course, fleas can enter other ways including jumping right through an open door, on an already flea-infested piece of furniture, or other items that have been exposed to fleas.

Is it hard to get rid of fleas on your own?

Getting rid of fleas on your own is a difficult task to accomplish because you must exterminate adult fleas, flea larvae, and eggs in order to accomplish the goal. That’s why professional flea treatments are highly recommended. 

How do I get rid of fleas?

At Harris Pest Control, we offer effective and affordable flea control in Florence, Conway, and Myrtle Beach, as well as throughout the Pee Dee and Grand Strand regions of South Carolina. When you reach out for help getting rid of fleas, one of our pest control specialists will provide a free flea inspection. If fleas are found, your specialist will recommend a flea treatment designed specifically for you. Of course, while we are there, you’ll want to temporarily remove your pets and have them treated for fleas.

For more information, or to schedule your inspection, please reach out today! 

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