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Just the Flea Facts

Cat FleaThere’s a possibility that the facts found here may leave you feeling itchy, but also more knowledgeable and better equipped to fight off some fleas.

Just the Facts

Did you know that there are thousands of species of fleas worldwide? That fact alone probably has your skin crawling. In Wisconsin we (and our furry friends) tend to only have run-ins with a few types of fleas. The cat flea is the most common domestic flea that we meet.

Fleas are small, wingless parasites that feed on blood. They appear flat, dark, and reddish-brown in color and are about 1/12”-1/6” in size.

Fleas do not have the ability to fly, but they can jump! Fleas can jump as high as 8” vertically, which is 150 times their own height.

Once a flea hatches and becomes an adult, it will jump onto a host. Fleas are attracted to and can live on any warm-blooded animal, but seem to prefer humans, dogs, cats, rats and other rodents. Once attached to its host, the flea will feed. The female flea can consume 15 times her own body weight in blood daily. Fleas will mate and lay eggs upon their chosen host. A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime! Some of these eggs will drop off of the host and land in places such as our yards, bedding and carpeting.

The Threats

Besides the itchy, painful red bumps that flea bites leave behind, flea bites and infestations can cause allergic reactions in humans and pets and can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. When fleas populate a mouse colony, disease can become a very deep concern, the worst disease on record being the bubonic plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats.

Prevention Tips

Since fleas can be transported on rodents and other animals, search the perimeter of your home in fall with a mirror, looking at the bottom side of your siding for any openings where animals or rodents may be entering your home. Walk the perimeter of your home looking for freshly dug dirt and use a flashlight and search under the deck to check for burrowing animals. A good prevention tip is to use chicken wire behind lattice to create a decorative “rat wall” to keep these critters out of these areas.

Keep your home clean and vacuum regularly, wash any bed linens that you think may be carrying fleas or their eggs.

Keep your yard clear of garbage and pet droppings; keep your lawn properly landscaped.

Protect your pets by checking their coats for fleas, especially if you see any excessive scratching or licking, bathing your pet (and their bedding and plush toys) regularly and see your vet for annual check-ups and for advice on flea products and prevention.

Fleas have the ability to reproduce quickly. Contact a licensed professional pest management specialist for assistance.

At Safeway Pest Management, our technicians are licensed and trained to handle your flea problem. Give us a call at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444, our Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800.  

Visit our website at www.safewaypest.net

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The Flea Facts

What are Fleas?

Fleas are small, wingless parasites that feed on blood. They appear flat, dark, and reddish-brown in color and are about 1/12”-1/6” in size.

Fleas do not have the ability to fly, but they can jump. Fleas can jump as high as 8” vertically, which is 150 times their own height.

The most common flea is the cat flea, which prefers feeding on human, cats and dogs.
What Is the Source?

Fleas are attracted to and can live on any warm-blooded animal, but seem to prefer humans, dogs, cats, rats and other rodents.

Don’t own a pet? Sometimes wild animals, such as mice, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, etc., can cause a flea infestation in your home. Mice definitely lead this list as they are numerous and find access to your home much easier than most other animals.

In some cases even a previously removed animal can leave behind fleas. This will cause the fleas to search out a new host to feed on.

What are the Risks?

When fleas populate a mouse colony, disease can become a very deep concern, the worst disease on record being the bubonic plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Flea bites cause itchy and painful red bumps. Fleas saliva can cause allergic reactions in humans and pets and can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets.
Flea Prevention Tips:

Search the perimeter of your home in fall with a mirror, looking at the bottom side of your siding for any openings where animals or rodents may be entering your home. Seal any openings you find.

Some burrowing animals can make nests under decks or concrete slabs on homes without basements. Walk the perimeter of your home looking for freshly dug dirt and use a flashlight and search under the deck. A good prevention tip is to use chicken wire behind lattice to create a decorative “rat wall” to keep these critters out of these areas.

Keep your home clean and vacuum regularly.

Keep your yard clear of garbage and pet droppings.

Protect your pets by regular bathing and see your vet for annual check-ups and for advice on flea products and prevention.

Contact a licensed professional pest management specialist for assistance.

Safeway Pest Management technicians are knowledgeable and trained to treat fleas. Call Safeway Pest Management at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net 

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Winter: To Pro Pest Manage or Not

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The cold weather arrives and you begin to toss around the question:

“Do I really need professional pest management services in the winter?”

While we can’t answer that question for you, we can offer some information regarding winter pests and helpful tips to keep them at bay. Our friendly, knowledgeable advice and service options are only a phone call away, we are here to Give you Peace of Mind.

Unfortunately, not all pest problems occur during the warmer months. Insects such as bed bugs, cockroaches, various pantry invaders and fleas are year-round problems for many homeowners. Rodents, such as rats and mice, are also prevalent during the colder months and in search of warm harborages.

The best way to protect from pests such as these ever entering your home is to use some smart, early prevention methods. When followed, the suggestions below can reduce the chances of a pest infestation in your home.

  • Keep moisture in check by sealing any leaks and covering any liquids.
  • Make a seasonal plan to seal up any openings where pests can get inside. Openings that offer warmth are inviting to winter pests.
  • Keep food in airtight containers. Clean up spills and keep your sink and dishes clean.
  • Take garbage out regularly and store it in a sealed outdoor container.
  • Be vigilant of bed bugs while traveling over the holidays. Pack a flashlight and keep your luggage in the hotel bathroom while checking the beds for tiny black dots that resemble pepper. Pay special attention to the bed corners and seams.
  • Keep your pest specialist handy for year round advice and for all-season pest prevention and management solutions.

 

The Staff at Safeway Pest Management wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a Pest-Free 2016!

The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your winter pest problem. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.

 

 

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Feeling Itchy? Might be Fleas!

Feeling itchy this winter? With luck it is only due to dry winter air. A less lucky scenario, it is fleas causing the skin irritation!

What many people don’t know is, you don’t have to have a pet to have these pesky critters invade your home.

Wild animals, such as mice, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, etc., can cause a flea infestation in your home. Mice definitely lead this list as they are numerous and find access to your home much easier than most other animals.

Some ways to look for rodent points to your home:

Search the perimeter of your home in fall with a mirror, looking at the bottom side of your siding

Shut the garage door, look at it from the inside searching for light coming through

When fleas populate a mouse colony, disease can become a very deep concern, the worst disease on record being the bubonic plague.

Raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks like to enter the home from the roof. Typically those entry points are on gables; where the soffit reaches the existing predominate roof of your home. A good pair of binoculars and a thorough inspection of your home will help you identify these entry points and put a stop to them before any critters can bring an army of blood feeding parasites to the upper levels of your home.

Finally, rabbits, skunks, and ground hogs are large burrowing mammals that like to make their home under decks or concrete slabs on homes without basements. These nests can cause a subterranean infestation that slowly seeps into your home and causes the infestation again at lower levels of your home, much like mice. Walk the perimeter of your home looking for freshly dug dirt and use a flashlight and search under the deck. A good prevention tip is to use chicken wire behind lattice to create a decorative “rat wall” to keep these critters out of these areas.

Joshua Koenig
Technical Director
Safeway Pest Management Co., Inc.

Safeway Pest Management is licensed, certified, knowledgeable and available to answer any questions or help with treatment of your pest problems, including Fleas. Please call our office at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800.

You can also visit our website at http://www.safewaypest.net

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