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What are fleas?

Fleas feed solely on the blood of people and animals. Fleas have a hard body that helps to protect them from being squished or squashed. Fleas are extremely small in size, in fact, they are so small they are often mistaken for a fleck of dirt. Fleas do not have wings but can move great distances by jumping with their large powerful hind legs. Fleas can jump as far as 150 times their own height. 

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Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas are responsible for spreading some diseases and are intermediate hosts for parasitic tapeworms.

Fleas bite through the skin of their host in order to have a blood meal. Flea bites are typically found on covering the entire body of animals and on the legs and feet of people. 

People and animals that are allergic to flea saliva may develop severe, itchy dermatitis. Pets heavily infested with fleas can develop anemia from the fleas constant feeding on their blood which can make them very ill. 

Why do I have a flea problem?

In many cases, fleas are introduced by wild animals including deer, skunks, raccoons, rabbits, mice, and squirrels. Pets that spend time outdoors often bring them in on their fur and they may also encounter fleas when "playing" with other pets. 

It is important to note that homes without pets often become infested with fleas.  That's because these biting insects may jump on people or even jump right through the front door.  Purchasing used furniture, rugs, and other belongings can also expose homes to potential flea infestations if fleas are on board.  

Fleas breed successfully indoors and fast. A small infestation can quickly turn into a major problem if not addressed quickly. 

Where will I find fleas?

Outside, fleas will be near or on animals, shady areas, and spots where they're likely to find a host pass by.

Indoors a flea infestation often flourishes on pets and near pet beds. They can also be found in upholstered furniture, beds, rugs, cracks in floors, behind baseboards, and areas where pets frequent.

How do I get rid of fleas?

To get rid of fleas, partner with Romney Pest Control. Providing professional pest control in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth as well as throughout our entire Texas service area, our team of pest experts is focused on solving pest problems effectively and completely! Contact us to learn more about flea control!

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

Keep fleas out of your home with the help of the following flea prevention tips:

  • Treat all pets with a flea preventative product under the guidance of their veterinarian

  • Regularly groom your pets

  • Vacuum your home regularly, especially in areas where your pets spend a lot of time

  • Regularly wash pet bedding and your family’s bedding

  • Do not purchase used rugs and upholstered furniture for your home

  • Remove bird and wild animal feeders from your property 

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans and compost bins 

 
 
 

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