Brief overview of fleas

Very common parasitic insects, fleas are annoying and their bites uncomfortable for both people and pets. There are many different types of fleas found in the U.S., but the cat flea is one of the most common and problematic for both pet owners and those without pets.

What do fleas look like?

Cat fleas are rather small, wingless pests that are dark in color. They have hard bodies that are not easily squished and six long, powerful legs that give them the ability to jump.

a flea tangled in fluffy white dog hair

Are fleas dangerous?

Unfortunately, flea bites can transmit disease to people and pets, causing serious health issues for both. Cat scratch disease, flea tapeworm, and flea-borne typhus are among the flea-borne diseases that are a concern.

Though fleas infest homes and businesses, they do not damage structures or items within. 

Why do I have a flea problem?

Often, fleas become an issue either because you have a pet that has become infested with them or you have a nuisance wildlife problem on or near your property. Raccoons, opossums, stray cats, and even rodents all carry fleas onto your property, and in some cases, inside your home. You or your children may also pick fleas up while spending time outdoors or in environments where fleas are present, and with their ability to jump, fleas can enter a structure right through the front door. It is important to note that flea infestations can and do occur in homes where there are no pets. 

How do I get rid of fleas?

If you have a flea problem that you can’t seem to get a handle on, Adams Exterminating can help. We have dealt with fleas in the North Texas area for decades and have proven solutions for getting rid of them.  Our flea treatments are thorough, effective, and priced based on the size of the area being treated and the severity of the flea infestation. If you have a pet that is infested with fleas, we recommend discussing treatment with your vet at the same time for optimal results. For more information or to schedule your flea treatment, please contact us today!

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