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Warm and Wet the Right Combination for a Plague of Fleas

Look Out For Fleas
Look Out For Fleas

Feeling itchy? The problem might not be mosquitos, but rather a summer infestation of fleas. With warmth and humidity in the air, fleas become hyperactive. They reproduce more quickly, swarm yards and dog parks, and quickly create a filthy nuisance once they get inside your home.

Summer calls for careful monitoring of pets that may be carrying fleas. Carpets and upholstery may house the fleas in spite of a flea collar, so the home may also need flea extermination.

Why fleas thrive in warm and wet weather

Female fleas only live a few weeks, but they lay thousands of eggs. Under mild conditions, it takes months for a flea to grow from larva to pupa to adult. Warmth and humidity rapidly accelerate their growth.

Additionally, summer rains drive fleas up from the ground to higher levels. This increases the chances of getting a flea infestation after they attach to you or pet and come inside.

Veterinarian Katherine Beier recently explained to reporters that pet owners need to keep several factors in mind: the number of pets, where they play outside and where they sleep inside, and what kind of flooring you have indoors.

She finds that people often need to seek flea treatments for a wide radius around their dogs’ favorite resting spots.

For safe and effective pest control for fleas in New Jersey, contact Allison Pest Control to protect your pets, family and home.

Is It Winter Itch Or Fleas Attacking You and Your Pets?

As with humans, pets too can suffer from skin problems during the winter months due to the cold and dry air that they encounter.  Many people do not realize that there could be another reason that their own skin and that of their pet’s skin can be red, irritated and itchy.

Despite the cold New Jersey weather, fleas are waiting for you and your pet to pass nearby so that they can hitch a ride on their warm body.  Once on board, fleas prefer to remain on animals but they are often dislodged by the scratching of pets; climbing onto you!

Pets that are allowed outdoors can easily transport fleas inside and deposit them in different locations throughout a home.  The most common places that fleas, flea eggs, or larvae can be found is in pet beds, soft furniture, carpets, the crevices of wood flooring, behind floor boards, and human beds.

Fleas are bloodsucking parasites that can lie in wait for a blood meal for an extended period of time.  Like other bloodsuckers, they are attracted to CO2 that is exhaled.  Fleas prefer to dine on cats, dogs, and other small animals, but will consume human blood when hungry.  Once a flea bites, their saliva causes severe itching which can lead to a secondary infection.

Due to the warmth of our homes, fleas will easily reproduce at alarming rates without proper treatment.  Bug bombs or foggers are not recommended for flea control as they only kill on contact and do not reach deep into the hiding places of these bloodsuckers.  The best way to safely eradicate fleas is to call an experienced Monmouth County NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control.

Fleas and Ticks – a Year Round Threat

Many people think that when the weather becomes cold that all insects die off until the spring.  While this may be true with some types of insects, other pests are still a threat report Monmouth County NJ exterminators.

Fleas

Fleas can hitch a ride on pets inside of homes.  Flea pupa (eggs) remains well hidden in furniture, pet bedding, and in and under carpet.  Once they develop they will wreak havoc upon pets and humans alike.  Many people believe that they are immune from having fleas in their home if they have wood flooring, but flea pupa are tiny and are able to wiggle into the smallest cracks between the slats.  The best way to fully eradicate fleas is to professionally treat pets on a regular basis and hire a Monmouth County NJ exterminator with experience in flea removal.

Ticks

Ticks have one goal which is to receive a blood meal so that they can reach their next level of development.  During the fall and winter, ticks take advantage of the fallen leaf debris to provide cover and warmth during the winter months.  Their overwintering spot does not preclude them from taking advantage of any passing animal or human which could provide a blood meal.  Ticks will also use firewood as a place to overwinter which in turn allows them easy access into NJ homes.

NJ homeowners can keep all types of unwanted pests out of their home by calling a Monmouth County NJ pest control expert like Allison Pest Control.  Our extensive knowledge of pest control will keep pests out during all times of the year.

Fleas — A Year Round Fight!

Owning dogs and cats means that your home is subject to a flea infestation at any given time.  A trip to the veterinarian, romping through backyard, or a daily walk can bring bloodsucking fleas onto your animal.  Fleas however are very resourceful hitchhiking creatures.  A visit to a friend’s house that has fleas or even performing weekly yard work can bring the little pests indoors as they will hitch a ride on pants, socks, shoes, etc.

Once fleas come inside, with or without pets, fleas will multiply at an alarming rate in a very short period of time.  Like other blood sucking creatures, fleas need a blood meal to transform from one life stage to another.  Fleas in all life stages are able to go extended periods of time without a meal, but will be in full attack mode once animals or humans are available.

Cat fleas are the most common fleas that are found biting dogs, cats, humans, and most other types of animals that they will feed upon.  Fleas have strong legs which enable them to jump long distances once they detect their intended target.  Ridding a home of fleas requires treating the animals as well as working to eliminate fleas from all animal bedding, furniture pieces, carpets, cracks and crevices, floorboards, and the spaces in between wood flooring.

Fleas are able to transmit dangerous diseases via their bites as well as cause red itchy welts and secondary infections.  Flea elimination requires professional treatment which can be done by a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator like Allison Pest Control.

The Never Ending Battle With NJ Fleas Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Friday…

Fleas do not fly, but they are excellent jumpers.  They are known to jump 13 inches vertically and 7 inches horizontally.  Converting that to human terms, it is the equivalent of a human jumping 450 feet horizontally and 250 vertically.  Fleas have a limited sense of smell so they must rely on detecting the CO2 of their prey in order to feed.

The flea that is most problematic in the United States is the cat flea.  Cat fleas prefer to dine on cats and dogs, but in their absence, they will feed upon other warm blooded animals that cross their pathway, including humans.  The goal of a flea is to find a host to receive a blood meal.  A flea’s only means of food is blood.

Fleas are adaptable creatures that are able to live without a blood meal for months at a time if need be.  This is why people who have returned from holiday are besieged with tiny hungry pests awaiting their arrival back home.

Female fleas must have a blood meal in order to reproduce.  Once fed, she will lay up to 500 eggs in her lifespan.  Flea larvae can exist for up to a year in its cocoon eating skin cells, debris, and flea droppings. This is why killing these pests are most difficult.

Flea infestations cannot be controlled with store bought pesticides.  When pets are present, it takes a combination of efforts from the homeowner, the veterinarian, and a licensed Monmouth County, NJ exterminator to rid a home and yard of the bloodsucking pests.

The Never Ending Battle With NJ Fleas Part 1 Of 2

There are many types of insects that feed upon the blood of humans and animals.  One such bug is the flea.  If these pests happen to enter your home, they make eradication of the bloodsuckers extremely difficult report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators.

As many people have been returning from their summertime vacations they have been surprised to find that the interior of their homes are overrun with fleas once they have arrived back home.  A blissful night sleep in their own bed if often met with intense itching and scratching, sometimes even when pets have not been in the home.  Many wonder what could be devouring their blood.  Did they bring home bed bugs?  Did mosquitos come out of hiding or is there a more sinister creature lurking, just waiting to strike?

Homes with or without pests can be subject to a flea infestation as these insects are hitchhiking types of bugs.  Visiting a friend’s home that has fleas or performing typical tasks in the yard can bring in the tiny creatures as the pests can easily travel undetected.  The most common flea that causes problems in the United States is the cat flea.  Despite its name, the cat flea will attack dogs, humans, and other four legged wild animals as well.

There are over 1,600 different flea species throughout the world.  In the United States, there are a few hundred different types of flea species.  Most of the flea species tend to stick to attacking one type of host.  For example, the rabbit flea attacks rabbits, etc.

Please check back for the conclusion on Monday.