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.

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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.

Where Do Fleas Live?

Fleas can survive without feeding for up to half a year. However, they prefer to live on a host, such as your cat or dog. They can travel from place to place by leaping onto your clothes, shoes, or into your hair

What Problems Do Fleas Cause?

Fleas are one of the most difficult problems for your cat or dog to handle, because they embed themselves into your pet’s fur. From there, they feed on your animal’s blood, and the constant biting causes your pet to itch uncontrollably. Fleas can consume up to 15 times their own bodyweight daily and are known to carry diseases like tapeworm, plague, and murine typhus.

Treating For Fleas

Getting rid of fleas on a cat or dog may involve using flea collars which contain a small amount of pesticide and bathing them with a flea treatment (ask your veterinarian for more details). Taking such measures, however, may not solve the problem, because fleas can survive without a host for six months. They may live on you or in your home during this time before returning to your pet.

How Can I Prevent A Future Flea Infestation?

Preventing fleas can be a challenging task, unless you plan on getting rid of your pet! Should you discover these pests in your home or on your pet, your first call should be to McCarthy Pest & Termite Control. We are committed to improving the quality of life for our customers by providing the safest and most effective management of all pests that pose a threat to health, property, and food supply.

We respond promptly to requests for help with flea infestations and provide long-lasting, effective treatments to rid both your pet and home of the pests. Our professional technicians have the knowledge, equipment, and treatments needed to eliminate fleas and other pests from your property.

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For professional treatment in the St. Louis metroplex that works to eliminate fleas from your home, call McCarthy Pest & Termite Control at (314) 662-2847.

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