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Professional Flea Control In Toronto – What You Should Know!
Many Toronto residents are under the impression fleas target only pet-occupied homes. This is a major misconception because the flea does not discriminate between homes, regardless of the occupants. In fact, nearly as many flea infestation reports involve homes without pets as pet-occupied homes.
While the flea is considered more of a nuisance pest than a health threat to victims, the insect has been connected to various medical conditions, including anemia, tapeworm infection, flea allergy dermatitis, bartonellosis, plague, murine typhus, and Cat Scratch Disease (CSD).
Most Common Flea Sighting In Toronto
More Toronto flea sightings involve the Ctenocephalides felis, better known as cat flea species. The adult flea grows up to one-eighth of an inch in length. The insect’s flat body offers smooth maneuverability around animal fur and a quick, easy escape from human fingers.
The flea has one of the longest jumps of all insect species. The longest flea jump recorded today is eight inches, which is approximately 150 times the insect’s height.
Do not be fooled, the cat flea does not just set its eye on the feline. Cat fleas have reportedly targeted the skunk, fox, canine, opossum, raccoon, squirrel, and deer.
Flea Bite Characteristics
The first sign of a flea bite is a pinpoint-sized red dot, followed by swelling and itching. In moderate cases, the aforementioned signs will be accompanied by a pustule, which needs to be treated accordingly. A common condition related to the flea bite is known as flea allergy dermatitis, an allergic reaction related to the insect’s saliva.
What Is The Best Flea Extermination Strategy?
There are several things you can do to protect your pets, home, and family from fleas. It is crucial to be consistent, patient, and refuse to accept the risk of an infestation. While no single pest prevention is guaranteed to offer 100 percent effectiveness, this is a great way to start. From here, you can take advantage of the flea prevention tips provided in the content below.
- Delay pet adoption until you are fully ready to take on 100 percent of the responsibility
- Develop a routine anti-parasitic flea and tick medicine regimen
- Routinely mow the lawn and prune shrubs to keep the ground floor humidity to a minimum
- Post “Do Not Feed The Wildlife” signs around the perimeter of your property to discourage the behavior
- Install metal or wood barriers around porches, decks, garages, and sheds
- Routinely inspect your pet’s living quarters for signs of a flea infestation. Fleas product what exterminators have deemed “flea dirt,” fecal materials
- Wash your pet’s bedding at least twice a week, more if signs of a flea infection are detected during an assessment
- Routinely vacuum your entire home, especially your pet’s living quarters to remove life fleas, eggs, and larvae
- Inspect your pet’s fur after each outing
Flea infestations are no joke. The insect has been connected to various medical conditions that pose long-term effects when left untreated. If you discover signs of a flea infestation in or around your home, do not hesitate to take advantage of our free consultation with a visual inspection.