Help, I have Fleas, but no Pets◀ Back To Blog
January 8, 2013
Do you have fleas annoying you? Are you getting flea bites? Do you know it is possible to have fleas without having any pets?
What are Fleas?
Fleas are insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. Adult fleas typically are about 1/8 inch long, oval, and reddish-brown. Fleas are wingless with powerful hind legs that are used for jumping. Up to 6 inches! To the unaided eye, flea larvae resemble tiny whitish "worms." Flea pupae most likely would not be recognized at all because they are encased within a sticky cocoon covered by incorporated soil particles and small items of debris from the habitat in which the larvae develop. A female flea can lay 4 to 8 eggs on her host after each blood meal, approximate 500 eggs during her life time. Fleas, like bed bugs, can go several months without food.
How do I know if I have Fleas?
- Viewing fleas.
- Pets are itching.
- Receiving flea bites.
I have fleas and no pets?
- A previous owner or tenant had animals with fleas. Once they vacated, they left the fleas behind who are now eager for a blood meal.
- Animals are nesting around your home (porch, decking, and doors) who are leaving behind fleas who they are being transported inside.
- Animals are nesting in your home (attic, basement, crawl space) like skunks, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and/or rodents who are the cause of infestation.
How do I get rid of Fleas?
Fleas can be a very difficult to resolve, as Thomas Pest Services suggests avoiding do it yourself sprays and treatments. Over the counter flea solutions are usually ineffective to solving flea problems and can be dangerous. The best method for flea removal is a licensed pest professional like, Thomas Pest Services to get rid of fleas effectively and safely.
Flea prevention is important, but if you need to get rid of fleas, contact your Albany exterminator for flea removal services. Thomas Pest Services offers free quotes to Chatham, East Greenbush, Saratoga and surrounding areas throughout the Capital Region for flea removal.