Pests That Feed On Your Pets
The soft, warm fur of cats and dogs provides the perfect environment for fleas. These insects feed on your pet’s blood and can cause health problems such as an allergic reaction. Fleas are more common during the warmer months, but you can take steps to get rid of them any time of year.
FLEAS IN MY HOUSE!
The number one way to prevent fleas from entering your home is to treat your pets. If these bugs have infiltrated your home by means of a fur-baby, then it’s time to call in a professional.
How To Get Rid Of Fleas
We recommend relying on trained professionals when experiencing a flea infestation. The technicians at McCarthy Pest & Termite Control can rid you of the problem and make your home a flea-free zone.
McCarthy Pest & Termite Control Offers Flea Treatments For Your St. Louis Area Home
Fleas Carry Deadly Diseases And Terrorize Pets And People
Fleas are found throughout the world. They are commonly associated with cats and dogs, because they parasitically feed off your pet, and can multiply rapidly while living in your pet’s fur. Fleas flourish in urban areas (they are extremely common here in St. Louis, Missouri area) and in the wild. Animals such as coyotes, opossums, foxes, bobcats, mice, and rats carry fleas.
Fleas thrive in humid areas and can be difficult to get rid of; they have amazing resilience. The flea is relatively small (a fully grown adult is about 1/8th of an inch from end to end). Fleas spread by leaping from one carrier to another and can move quickly to hide from view.
Fleas Feed On Blood: Their Bites Can Be Painful And Irritating To Both People And Pets
Fleas lay eggs directly on their host, and in the St. Louis metroplex that usually means your cat or dog. One of the reasons fleas are so hard to get rid of is their prolonged hatching process. As they hatch, they develop into different forms. They develop and remain in a cocoon for nearly two years. This cocoon protects them from pesticide treatments applied to your pet. Once they leave their cocoon, adult fleas begin to feed, procreate, and lay eggs on the skin of a host. Many adults die a few days after laying eggs, but because fleas are so difficult to treat while in their cocoons, their lifespan can extend to almost a year. Worse yet, fleas have the unique ability to store energy and can live for several months between feedings.