Your Pets Have Fleas?

Your Pets Have Fleas?

Fleas Can Transmit Diseases Such As The Bubonic Plague

Pest control of your pets, homes and many times yards is essential. All of us love our pets and Omaha Pest Control, Inc. will help you, your family and pets stay pest-free. We service a 45 mile radius surrounding cities of Omaha and Bellevue, Nebraska.

Ridding a home of fleas can be a frustrating and costly endeavor. Unlike some pests encountered around the home, fleas cause discomfort and irritation to both pets and people.

For successful flea control, the home, pets, and often times, the yard must be treated.

The following information of will help pet owners effectively rid their home and pests of fleas.

Fleas Facts, Identification & Control

  • Latin Name: Family – Siphonaptera

Fleas are small flat parasites, dark reddish-brown in color and have 6 legs. They are about 1/12 to1/6 inch long.

Essential Facts About Fleas

  • Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 14 inches horizontally.
  • Adult fleas lay all their eggs on the pest.
  • After hatching, flea eggs develop into larvae. Larvae remain hidden in the carpet and furniture fabrics, they then feed on the adult flea feces (dried blood) which accumulates, along with the eggs, in pet resting and activity areas.
  • Before becoming adult fleas, the larvae transform into pupae within a silk-like cocoon. Pupae remain inside for 2-4 weeks, sometimes longer. The cocoon is resistant to pesticides and that is why fleas may be seen for an extended period.
Treatment of Premises 

If you neglect to treat the pet’s environment (the premises) you will miss more than 90% of the developing flea population – the eggs, larvae and pupae. If the pet spends time indoors and outdoors, both areas need to be treated.

Treatment of Pet

It is important that the pet be treated in conjunction with the premises, preferably on the same day. Adult fleas spend almost their entirety on the pet- not in the carpet. Untreated pets will be continually bothered.

Treatment of Yard

Most flea problems can be solved by treating the pet and the interior of the home. In cases where the pet spends a considerable amount outdoors, it may also be necessary to treat portions of the yard, mostly where the pet rests or is active.

Call Omaha Pest Control with any questions at (402) 250-0425.