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Fleas and their host

Fleas and their host

It's been awhile since we talked about fleas and their host. There is often some confusion among clients about the biology of fleas. Specifically, who can be the hosts of the fleas. Over the years, dog and cat owners have asked us to treat the yard of the property and not indoors since they're not seeing activity on the inside of the home. It is important to note that if you have a flea infestation that's affecting your dog or cat and these animals spend any time indoors, they are going to bring fleas inside as well. These fleas will lay eggs and multiply. Their eggs will be laid in between couch cushions or in the carpet (among other places). As long as the fleas have their hosts to feed on, humans usually won't be a target for humans. Take the host away for an extended period of time and you'll soon feel how many fleas are inside the home.  Fleas prefer a dog or cat to feed on. Take that them away and the target of fleas and their host will change. Fleas also carry diseases that can be transmitted to both the pet and the human.

As you can see, fleas and their host could change. We highly recommend the indoors be treated as well. Depending on how many hours a day the pet stays indoors, there may be more fleas on the inside. Treating the inside is usually more important. Still, the outside must be treated as well. One of the best way to treat fleas in not to get them in the first place. A dog or cat that spends any time on the inside should be on flea prevention medication.

fleas and their host

No pest strips

No pest strips are fairly popular and can be bought at most hardware stores. Even though they are easily obtainable, they are not always used safely. Today we’re going to be talking about the safety precautions that should be taken when using one. Like all pesticides, they should be treated with respect. So, how does… Continue Reading

The Importance of Identifying the Species & Conducive Conditions

The Importance of Identifying the Species & Conducive Conditions Identifying conducive conditions is an important step in protecting your business or home against pests. These are the conditions that attract and welcome a pest into your living space. Identifying conducive conditions can be easy at times for example, an innocent bird feeder could bring rodents… Continue Reading

Termites invading homes on treeless properties

Termites invading homes on treeless properties Termites invading homes on treeless properties. Can it happen? Even if the lot has been cleared of all trees and brush years ago? The short answer is, yes they can. Here is the simple explanation on how they do it. Swarmers! Termite swarmers are the winged reproductives of termites.… Continue Reading

Termite season 2018

Termite season 2018 Termite season 2018 marks the fourth year of our blog here at Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control. I think it would be a good time to talk about termites since it’s now the height of termite season. The calls are coming in! Last month I witnessed termite swarms in a Walmart parking… Continue Reading

Current prediction from TWC: Mild and dry winter ahead

Current prediction from TWC: Mild and dry winter ahead. Mild and dry, above average temperatures in our range of central Florida are currently being predicted in our range of central Florida. This is due to a growing La Niña effect that should hold strong until the spring of 2018. If La Niña does form, it… Continue Reading

The height of mosquito season came late this year.

The height of mosquito season came late this year. From Houston to Tampa, from Tampa to our range of central Florida, the mosquito season kicked into high gear in September in 2017. Can you guess why? Yes, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The hurricane season of 2017 has been devastating for many this year. Too… Continue Reading