Exterminator Near Me for Fleas
Fleas are external parasites. They live by sucking to its host’s skin and consuming blood. They prefer to host furry pets such as dogs, cats, birds, rodents, rabbits, and squirrels. If furry host is not available they may also infest on humans.
There are about 2,500 known species of fleas. They have an average lifespan of about 2 to 3 months. Common fleas that can be found at home or on pets can grow up to about 3 millimeters. They are usually brown in color and have long legs that give them an ability to jump.
Most people thought that these tiny creatures have an ability to fly. Because once you spot them, they quickly disappear making them hard to catch and kill. But the truth is they don’t even have wings that can give them the ability to fly. They simply jump using those long legs as high as 7 inches and as wide as 13 inches. They are considered one of the best jumpers in the animal kingdom.
Flea bite on human and other animals may result to dermatitis, hot spot and some serious infectious disease.
Bartonella Infection – an infection caused by a flea that carries other parasite. Symptoms include swelling of lymph node, vomiting, diarrhea, seizure, and fever.
Murine Typhus – symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, muscle pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, cough, and rashes. This disease requires immediate medical attention. If left untreated it may result in damage of liver, kidney, brain, heart, and lungs.
Plague – a fatal disease that can also be transmitted by rodents. Symptoms include fever, weakness, and headache.
Myxomatosis – also a fatal disease. Rabbits are at high risk of this disease but it may also affect human.
Tungiasis – a disease caused by infestation of specific species of flea called Tunga penetrans. Tungiasis results in severe skin inflammation accompanied by severe pain and itching.
Pets are the ones who carry fleas at home. Fleas won’t infest in human and in human’s house if there is no furry pet. So the first thing that you need to do is to get rid of the fleas in your pets.
First Step: Treat your pets, contact a veterinarian.
Instead of purchasing over-the-counter treatment which may be harmful to pets, it is best to consult with a veterinarian. He may prescribe anti-flea medicine or repellents such as spray, powder, shampoo, and collar.
Second Step: Treat your house, contact a pest exterminator
After treating pets, there may be some remaining alive and kicking fleas that reside in your pets’ beddings or anywhere in the house where these pets hang out. These fleas will just come back and re-infest right after you have treated your pets. Immediately consult with an exterminator, right after your consultation with a veterinarian. While there may be do-it-yourself home remedies to get rid of fleas in every corner of the household, it is still best to seek help from professional exterminator since over-the-counter pesticide may contain chemicals that may be harmful to both humans and pets.