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       Central Missouri Pest Control

311 East 5th Street, Sedalia, MO

FLEAS

WHAT DO FLEAS LOOK LIKE?

Fleas are small, wingless, flat insects with three pairs of legs. Adult fleas are about 1/8 of an inch long (1 to 3 mm). They are dark reddish-brown in color and have biting mouth parts. They can be very hard to spot because they move so fast along the animal's body. They can produce up to 400-500 offspring in their lifetime.

WHAT DO FLEAS EAT?

Fleas feed on any warm-blooded body, including humans. However, they prefer to dine on hairy animals.

FLEA INFESTATIONS

Fleas have the ability to reproduce quickly, which makes flea infestations very difficult to control.  A veterinarian can recommend the best methods and products for treating fleas on your pet. However, if you suspect fleas in your home, it's important to be proactive in treating the problem. Contact a licensed pest professional to assist with flea control.

Fleas tend to travel with mammals on the move, including rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home, fleas may be soon to follow. Call SonEquity Pest Management to rid your home of both.

FLEA PREVENTION
  • Practicing good sanitation is key to avoiding an infestation. Clean and vacuum your home frequently. Vacuum carpets, floors and furniture frequently, and wash ben linens regularly, to remove any existing fleas and help prevent the laying of eggs.

  • Be sure to keep your lawn well groomed as this can thwart rodents, who are often flea carriers, from finding hiding spots and food sources so close to your home.

  • Check pets' coats thoroughly for fleas, especially after spending time outdoors. Be aware of excessive scratching and licking.

  • To protect your pets, keep them on a leash when outdoors. Be sure to bathe and groom your pets regularly.

  • Have your pets visit a veterinarian annually and use flea treatments according to directions.