Flea Control

Fleas

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Flea Control

If you own pets you are probably already familiar with fleas. They are common parasites that feed off of blood and their favorite hosts are usually our furry friends like cats and dogs. They can also end up on your property by hitching rides on rabbits, foxes, birds, rats, mice or any other long-haired animal.

Fleas are wingless insects that are extremely agile and outstanding jumpers. In fact, fleas are one of the longest jumpers in relation to their size in the entire animal kingdom. This jumping ability allows them to transfer from one host to another rather easily, including from pets to their humans. This is why flea control is necessary around homes.

A flea subsists on blood and flea bites can leave behind itchy red bumps that look and feel similar to mosquito bites. They are more than a nuisance however, as several diseases have been linked to mosquito bites. This is why fleas need to be dealt with by a professional like those at Rentokil Steritech. We know how to get rid of fleas.

Flea Facts: If an average-sized human were to have the jumping power of a flea, that human would be able to jump 295 feet across and 160 feet high.

Call Rentokil Steritech for help with flea services at 1-800-837-5520.

Flea Species & Guides

Know the Types of Fleas

There are many types of fleas scattered all over the world and they normally prefer very specific hosts. In fact, most types of flea are categorized by the type of host that they prefer.

The most common species of flea in North America are:

  • Cat flea - small, flat and brownish and prefer feline hosts, but can be found on some other hosts, as well. They cannot live entirely on human blood, so will often drop off of human hosts fairly quickly.
  • Dog flea - tiny insects, also with flat bodies, and are black in color. They have bristles that allow them to hang on to dog fur even when grooming is occurring.
  • Bird flea - also known as a hen flea. These prefer chickens and can infest an entire hen house very quickly.

Diseases Associated with Fleas

There are numerous diseases that have been attributed to fleas. This comes from the fact that fleas drink blood, so they can transfer diseases from host to host and their saliva can carry bacteria.

Some diseases associated with flea bites include:

  • Murine or endemic typhus - a bacteria that can infect humans and is transmitted by fleas who have been drinking blood from rodents.

  • Bubonic Plague - the Black Death from the Middle Ages was transmitted to people from fleas that had been feasting on rats.

  • Tularemia - another serious disease that is transmitted via fleas who eat blood from rodents, e.g. mice.

Flea Treatments

We use the latest flea treatments available to remove and control fleas in your home or business. The treatments vary, depending on the size of the infestation and other factors, but could include application of treatments around the exterior of the building, spot treatment inside and even fumigation.

Depending on the size of the infestation and the type of fleas involved can determine the treatment method. Rentokil Steritech works with you to find the most reliable and dependable treatments for your home or business that will cause as little disruption as possible.

Flea Prevention

There are ways to prevent fleas from returning, and our qualified and certified flea control and flea prevention experts can give you advice to stop further infestations.

Some things to remember:

  • Keep pets groomed and cleaned
  • Clean your carpets, rugs and furniture often
  • Try to keep wildlife away that could have fleas
  • Stay away from areas known to house fleas