Fleas – Parasitic Pest Control in Sacramento

Fleas have been around for millions of years. The oldest known samples trapped in amber date back 35 – 50 million years. They exist on every continent except Antarctica. They have also played a part in shaping human history, creating at least 3 pandemic plagues. The first was in ancient Rome. The second was the Black Death in Europe, killing one-third of the population. The third was in China. 

Because we have so many rural areas, wild animals, and rodents, Sacramento sees a fair share of flea issues and usually requires a professional pest control company like North American Home Services to help identify and solve the issue.

Habits

Fleas can live for about 100 days during which time the females produce 400-500 offspring. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts at all times. These pests use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8″ vertically, which is 150 times their own height. If humans could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers.

Habitat

Fleas infest both household pets and wild animals like opossums, raccoons, and skunks. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments.

Threats

Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease Murine Typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious flea allergy dermatitis in pets and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets, which is why active flea management is an important component of pet care. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

Flea Prevention

Looking to get rid of fleas in the home? Homeowners should clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. It’s also necessary to keep the lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. Pet owners should practice active flea management by keeping dogs on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. If you suspect a flea infestation, it is important to hire a flea control professional to rid your home of rodents and fleas.

North American Home Services has been providing pest control services to the greater Sacramento region for over 38 years.  Each year, we complete thousands of services on residential and commercial buildings in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo and Solano counties.  Our pest control staff is highly regarded, qualified and licensed by the California State.  Whether it’s for cockroaches, bed bugs, ants, rats, mice or general pest control in the greater Sacramento area, North American Home Services can handle it. North American Home Services is a proud member in good standing of the Pest Control Operators of California.

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