Here in Northwest Georgia, fleas can be an issue all summer long. But did you know that late summer and early fall are actually considered flea season?
In Northwest, Georgia outdoor fleas have the perfect breeding climate from July through the end of October. Unfortunately, this means that family pets and even family members are vulnerable to bringing some of these little nuisances inside your home (which can lead to an infestation that can last all year long). Adult fleas live their entire lives living, feeding, and breeding on their host. This means they are also defecating (pooping) and laying eggs on the host! What happens when the host stands up? Moves or shakes and scratches? The eggs fall and nestle into carpets, bedding, and upholstered furniture.
And then they wait...
Flea eggs can lay dormant for up to 9 months before hatching to jump onto a host. They wake up when they sense vibrations or physical warmth and pressure and begin the search for a host. And the cycle begins again.
"I often hear from clients who have moved
into a new home or apartment that had been
vacant for months, only to immediately have
an outbreak of fleas. They lay dormant and wait
for the next family to move in."
Rome City Pest Control, Owner
Fleas are best known for their irritating bites that leave the victim itchy and uncomfortable but are also known for their ability to transmit diseases and parasites (even the Black Plague was transmitted by fleas!) They can also transmit tapeworm to dogs and cats.
There are a few simple steps you can take to protect your home and family from these pesky little bloodsuckers!
Make sure your pet is regularly treated with flea and tick medication.
Remove any rubbish or debris that wild animals could be using as a shelter to keep them from bringing fleas into your yard.
Keep up with your lawn maintenance. Keeping grass length below ankle height can help keep flea populations down.
For heavy infestations of your home or yard, give us a call for a free quote on our professional flea treatments.