Do You Need Flea Control in Hudson, FL?
Fleas are tiny wingless insects that are generally no more than 1/8 inch long. They belong to the order Siphonoptera, and there are 2,000 species worldwide. They are ectoparasites that feed on the blooof their hosts. The most common species found on pets is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis).
Where Do Fleas Come From?
A flea can jump 100 times its own height. Between that and their tiny size, it is very easy for them to hitch a ride on a person, animal or object without anybody being the wiser. They can also enter a house through a screen or tiny cracks in a door or window. This is why even indoor pets can get fleas.
Why Treating Fleas Is Important
Fleas are parasites that suck blood. A large enough infestation can cause a pet to develop anemia. Fleas also irritate a pet and drive it to scratch and bite itself. That scratching and biting can result in irritated skin and hair loss. Some pets develop an allergic reaction to the fleas called flea allergic dermatitis. It is caused by flea saliva and makes the victim scratch himself incessantly. That results in skin lesions and hair loss. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms to pets. Fleas sometimes eat tapeworm eggs and if an animal swallows an infected flea, the pet will get tapeworms.
Basic Types of Flea Treatments
Hudson Flea Control believes that the best way to tackle a flea infestation is to tackle all of the sources at once. That means a flea dip or flea shampoo for Fido or Fluffy, and eradicating the fleas in the house and/or yard. Any treatment will have to account for the four stages of a flea’s lifecycle: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. The latter account for just 1% of an infestation.
Flea treatment services in Hudson include vacuuming to remove all four stages. They also offer flea bombs which are applications of pesticides in the house. Flea traps can be used to catch adult fleas. Veterinarians and groomers can administer flea dips and flea shampoos to infected animals.