If you have a dog or a cat, it's possible that you'll have to deal with a flea infestation. Because fleas are so common, a number of myths, misunderstandings, and uncertainties surround them. To clear up the matter, Guarantee Pest Control, an experienced pest management company in Lexington, KY, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about fleas.
Frequently Asked Questions About Fleas
Can Fleas Fly?
Fleas are wingless and cannot fly. However, they are extraordinary jumpers. They can leap a distance of nearly four feet, or over 100 times their body length. This may be the reason for the belief that fleas can fly.
Are Fleas Dangerous?
Fleas are not venomous and are not dangerous to humans or animals. However, their bites can be annoying and painful, and they sometimes carry bacterial and viral diseases. For instance, in 2017, fleas in Arizona tested positive for bubonic plague, though no deaths or illnesses resulted.
How Can You Tell if Your Pet Has Fleas?
Fleas seek areas of the pet that provide warmth and protection, such as the groin and the armpits. Check those areas thoroughly, as well as the ears for signs of bites, blood, or insects. Flea bites are itchy, and your pet may scratch or lick areas of flea activity. The bugs are black or dark brown and about 0.1-inch long.
Are Fleas Active in Winter?
Fleas typically lie dormant in winter, which makes the chance of infestation from outdoors lower. However, central heating allows them to breed indoors even during the coldest months.
Fleas are stubborn pests that can nest in your dog's bedding, the carpet, and the furniture. If your pet has introduced fleas into your home, contact Guarantee Pest Control in Lexington, KY for help. Family-owned and -operated, they've helped customers throughout Fayette County with pest management for nearly 65 years. Visit their website to connect with them online, or call (859) 254-2076 to schedule a consultation.