Fleas can be a nightmare for pet owners in North San Diego County. Once the tiny creatures burrow into your pet's fur and make their way into your home, it may feel like you can never get rid of them. They reproduce quickly and can spread from one animal to another, even biting humans. Once fleas start laying eggs in your home, the infestation can get out of control.
Fortunately, help is available. Even the worst infestations can be eliminated with professional treatment and flea control measures. If you're a homeowner or business owner, you should know how to prevent, spot, and treat a flea infestation to prevent the bugs from taking up residence in your home or commercial space.
How Fleas Enter Your Home
Although fleas are tiny, they can leap up to 4 feet off the ground. They use this unique skill to jump onto animals as they walk by outdoors. Then, they burrow into their hair or fur and detach when the pet goes inside.
Fleas will move from your pet's fur to your home's carpet, couches, curtains, or other surfaces. They'll lay eggs in these areas, which quickly leads to a full-blown infestation.
Signs of a Flea Infestation
You may not notice right away that fleas have infiltrated your home. If you're a pet owner, you should always be watchful for the signs of a flea infestation. Here are the most common issues to look out for:
- Small, dot-like insects in your pet's fur, especially on their underbelly
- Black specks in your pet's fur, which may be flea feces
- Your pets scratching or licking themselves more frequently
- Scabs or bald spots on your pets
- Red bites on your ankles and feet
How to Keep Fleas Off Your Pets
Preventing a flea infestation is easier than treating one. There are several types of flea prevention products, including flea collars, topical gels, and consumable pills or treats. Some products are available over the counter, and some are prescription-only. Consult with your veterinarian before using a flea prevention treatment on your pet as they can offer the best personalized recommendation.
Brushing and bathing your pets regularly can help you remove fleas and notice an infestation before it escalates. Fleas tend to be most active during the hottest months of the year, so be especially careful when taking your pets out in nature during the summer.
Pinpoint Flea Control
Fleas are everywhere, and North San Diego County is no exception. They're natural acrobats that can leap 4 feet off the floor. They live in the grass until a nice, warm host walks past them, which is when they jump up and burrow into the animal's hair or fur. They lay many eggs, spread quickly, and hop from animal to animal, including humans. If you have a few pets, they'll usually all have the fleas at the same time.
Once fleas enter a home on your pet, they move from host to host and lay their eggs in the carpet and even in the curtains. They drink blood when they're hungry, and they can go without food for a long while. Flea bites itch and can become infected. Fleas are also known to spread diseases like typhus, tapeworms, cat scratch fever and even bubonic plague.
We've been dealing with flea infestations at Pinpoint Pest Control for over 40 years. Our family-run business is very careful when we deal with nuisances like fleas. We don't use strong insecticides. We employ the least offensive type of treatment possible to solve the problem. Our treatments are safe for kids and pets. We also use an Integrated Pest Management system (IPM) that includes the following.
- A thorough inspection of your premises
- Identification of the extent of your flea infestation
- Employing biological or natural controls whenever possible
- Using "low-impact" pesticides if necessary
Hire a Flea Control Company
Don't endure the misery of a flea infestation. Pinpoint Pest Control serves the entire North County, including Carlsbad, Encinitas, & Oceanside. We can put an end to your flea problems rapidly and safely. Contact us today for a free quote.