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Professional Flea Pest Control New York City NY
The flea is one of the domesticated animal’s biggest predators. Tens of thousands of domestic pet flea infestations are reported each year in New York City. Fleas travel by hopping from one pet to another when the opportunity arises. A single flea is enough to cause an infestation in homes with dogs and cats. Since the flea targets domestic animals, it is crucial owners minor their pets carefully. Carefully inspect your pet’s fur and skin after outdoor outings is highly recommended. Follow up with a visual home inspection, focusing on your pet’s living quarters.
Most Common Flea Sightings In New York City?
The most commonly reported flea sightings in New York City include the cat flea “Ctenocephalides felis.” Do not wipe your brow yet because your canines are not out of the woods. Contrary to belief, the cat flea is a predator of dogs, deer, raccoons, and skunks.
Every time your dog goes for a walk in the city park or around the block, she is at risk of encountering the flea. The adult flea grows up to 1/8” long, with a flat dark brown or reddish/brown body. This unique body shape makes manual capture of the flea extremely difficult, if not impossible. When owners detect fleas on their pets, their first instinct is to manually remove them. By capturing the insect between your thumb and forefinger or pointer finger. It is possible to capture the flea hiding in your pet’s fur. However, this will not be an easy feat due to several factors – body shape and jumping capability.
The flea’s hind legs are very flexible and springy, allowing the flea to jump horizontally up to 8 inches (20 centimeters).
Physical Characteristics Of A Small Flea Bite
Every flea bite begins as a tiny pinpoint-sized red dot, which may be accompanied by itching, redness, and a pustule. Most victims are not concerned about a flea bite, but when two, trio, or more appear, they grow concerned.
In homes that are severely infested with fleas, most household members will report new bites daily. These bites draw concern among all family members, especially parents of young children. If left untreated, the flea problem will transition into a full-blown infestation.
Sharing a home with flea can cause anxiety and depression in some cases. There is also the risk of flea allergy dermatitis, related to the flea’s saliva. In rare cases, a high volume of flea bites has reportedly led to anemia, a condition characterized by low red blood cells in the blood.
The insect species have also been scientifically connected to tapeworms in cats and dogs. Flea-borne tapeworms have also been reported in humans, but only in extremely rare cases.
What Is The Most Effective Flea Prevention Method?
There is no single flea prevention method that will offer 100 percent effectiveness. Entomologists mostly agree flea prevention is a complex strategy that combines multiple treatments and techniques. Our professional flea prevention targets localized populations. By controlling the flea population in New York City, the number of new infestation cases will drop drastically. However, we can only reach this goal with clients’ help.
- Adopting a pet should be put on hold until you are fully prepared to take on the lifelong responsibility
- Treat pets routinely with anti-flea and anti-tick medications
- Routinely bathe pets in anti-parasitic (for fleas) shampoo and conditioner
- Do not allow grass to grow higher than 3 inches in height to control ground floor humidity
- Install “Do Not Feed Wildlife” signs up around your property
- Encourage neighbors to do the same
- Install metal barriers around decks and porches to keep wild animals out
- Routinely clean pet’s living quarters and bedding
- Vacuum the entire home to remove all living and dead fleas, eggs, and larvae
- Routinely inspect the interior and around the perimeter of your home
It is possible to create and maintain a flea-free home with the above tips. If all else fails, we recommend our professional flea consultation service. We will dispatch a licensed exterminator to your home to complete the consultation. During this visit, the exterminator will provide a brief flea educational course to you and your family.