Flea Facts

The only safe way to kill fleas in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area is to hire an pest control professional. Fleas have been on Earth for millions of years, sucking the blood of animals and humans. They live on pets, wild animals, in carpets and upholstered furniture, and in most areas of a farm. Fleas are often brought into the house by pets, but a shocking number of them are brought in by an unexpected source – pests. That’s one reason pest control in Virginia Beach is crucial.

Mice, rats, squirrels, bats, possums, and raccoons are all quite skilled at getting into your home. While
mice and rats usually get in through the doors, walls, and holes around plumbing, squirrels and bats,
along with the others, will find entry through the roof or soffits. All of these animals have fleas, which
can spread to infestation levels in just a few short weeks. Their nests in your walls, attic, and basement
are a breeding ground for fleas, among other pests.

Besides the intense discomfort of a flea bite, you may experience certain illnesses as a result of one of
these bites. They carry Cat Scratch Disease. In fact, about 40% of all cats have this disease as a result of fleas, and can give it to humans. The disease can be spread by flea “dirt” or droppings, as well as the
bite. Pets can even get the plague from flea bites. Yes this is the same plague that killed 1/3 of the
world’s population hundreds of years ago. It is easily treated with antibiotics, and is uncommon in
humans – but your pets can get it.

Flea allergies, however, are quite common in both people and pets. Pets will lose all their hair in the
affected spot, and break out in painful whelps about the size of a pencil eraser.In the case of flea infestation, about 5 percent of the fleas will be found on pets. It is the carpet that
holds 10 percent of flea cocoons, 35 percent of flea larvae, and 50 percent flea eggs. The flea life cycle is similar to that of the butterfly. Female fleas lay eggs that turn in to grub-like larvae. The larvae then develop into pupae and settle inside a cocoon. They wait for a host to start their life and suck blood.

To cotrol fleas in your home and on your property, call BioGuard Pest Control today. We are your local Virginia Beach professionals.