What are fleas?

Fleas are small parasitic insects that don't grow much larger than a few millimeters. They are notable for their darker coloration, ability to jump fairly high, and the itchy bites they leave behind as they drink blood from pets and animals. Flea infestations can quickly get out of control due to the prolific nature of these pests. Professional flea control is often necessary to ensure the removal of all traces of fleas from your property.

Are fleas dangerous?

Though many assume fleas are nothing more than nuisance pests, flea bites can be dangerous. Flea bites transmit things like murine typhus, cat-scratch fever, and tapeworms to both animals and humans, and they can pass on heartworms to pets. People in your house might also develop allergies or experience stress as a result of constant flea bites.

Additionally, a large flea infestation may result in any pets around your home developing problems with lethargy or anemia, which can lead to fatalities in extreme cases. 

Why do I have a flea problem?

Flea problems around your property typically happen when pets, wildlife, or other humans introduce them. Because they are parasitic pests, it generally takes a host to bring them to the interior and exterior areas around your property.

One of the most essential steps in flea prevention is making sure fleas don't make it onto your property in the first place via wildlife control and flea medication, and other preventatives for pets.

Where will I find fleas?

In exterior areas, fleas tend to inhabit long grass or the fur of wildlife and other animals that might be hiding around your property. They may also be in piles of debris or stored items outdoors. Once they enter your property, fleas can be found on pets and humans, hiding in fabrics, carpets, or other shady and cool areas.

How do I get rid of fleas?

The best way to get rid of fleas on your property is by contacting Peeler Environmental for professional assistance. Our technicians will work with you to narrow down your biggest flea-infested areas and tailor treatments that meet your property's specific pest control needs. With our help, flea problems will disappear in no time.

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

You can stop fleas from gathering on your property in the future by following our expert tips to make exterior and interior areas less hospitable to these pests.

  • Treat all pets on your property with a veterinarian-approved flea prevention medication to stop animals from accidentally introducing fleas to your property.
  • Make sure all wildlife critters are kept off your property with a fence or other prevention tactics to stop them from dropping fleas off around exterior areas.
  • Clear away areas of long grass, piles of debris, and other shady or secluded spots where fleas might hide.
  • Address moisture issues around your property that could be causing excess water and conditions that attract fleas and wildlife.
  • Declutter interior areas often and vacuum regularly to catch any fleas or flea eggs that might have gotten into your property.
  • Wash pet bedding regularly and routinely check pets for signs of fleas in their fur.

Call Peeler Environmental today to learn more about flea prevention or get started with effective flea control for your residential property.