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Phoenix AZ Professional Flea Extermination
Fleas are nuisance pests and a health risk to humans and animals. The flea is a member of the Siphonaptera order, which has about 2,500 members. The insect’s notable physical characteristics include its flat body, dark reddish/black coloration, and long flexible legs, with amazing jumping capabilities. Unlike most insect species, the flea can jump horizontally and vertically. So, avoiding escape is generally a breeze.
Fleas have been associated with various human and animal diseases, including:
- Parasitic dermatitis
- Murine typhus
- Cat Scratch Disease “CSD”
What Is The Most Commonly Reported Flea Sighting In Phoenix?
According to reports, the cat flea “Ctenocephalides felis” is more commonly connected to infestations in Phoenix than any other flea species. No, the insect does not just prey on felines (cats). In fact, vets all across Arizona have diagnosed canines (dogs), deer, raccoon, ferrets, and squirrels with cat flea infestation. So, no mammal is 100 percent safe from the cat flea.
What Are The Characteristics Of A Flea Bite?
First, let us start off by saying, flea bites are not much different than the bites of other insect species. The onset of symptoms includes a pinpoint-sized red spot. The red spot will appear in the area where the flea penetrated the victim’s skin with its mouthparts (feeding tube). The flea’s mouthparts have three unique styles that are utilized to pierce the victim’s skin.
Other symptoms that will most likely appear within the first few hours are mild edema (swelling) and itchiness. The onset of a tiny pustule may be detected as well.
What Steps Can I Take To Protect My Phoenix Home From A Flea Infestation?
The female flea can lay over 100 eggs at least once a month. While not a prolific breeder like the cockroach and bed bug, one adult female flea can transform into a full-blown infestation with a few months of the initial home infiltration. To protect your property, family, and neighborhood from a full-blown flea infestation, you must heed the tips provided in the content below.
- No one should get a pet until they are fully prepared and capable of taking on the many responsibilities that come along with the adoption
- Existing pets (dogs, cats, and ferrets) should be treated with anti-flea and anti-tick medicine, which is available in various forms – shampoo, powder, topical monthly drops, and collars
- Routinely mow your lawn to fight against ground floor humidity, a factor related to outdoor flea infestations
- Install barriers around sheds, garages, decks, porches, and other structures to keep wild animals out
- Routinely inspect and clean pet living quarters. Utilize a vacuum to suction up any potential live fleas, dead flea carcasses, flea eggs, flea larvae, and “flea dirt,” flea fecal droppings
- Develop a cleaning routine for your entire home to prevent potential fleas living in your pet’s living quarters to the surrounding areas
Our Phoenix extermination team is here to help if all your efforts are in vain. We highly recommend reaching out to our exterminators to request a visual inspection of your property.