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These small vampires are not friendly circus entrepreneurs, the fleas are very unwelcome guests for both pets and homes.

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Let's start with some fun (or perhaps terrifying) flea facts. These tiny terrors are wingless, but do NOT let that fool you. Measuring a mere 1/8 inch long, fleas boast an unsuspecting superpower - they have flattened bodies and powerful hind legs that allow them to perform jumps of insane proportions. 

Fleas are able to jump great distances thanks to a rubber-band-like protein found in their leg called resilin. Once they land on their target, they latch on with fang-like appendages and begin sucking up blood.

These athletic abilities, combined with their potential to transmit diseases like plague and typhus, make fleas a notorious threat. Because of their track record during the black death, fleas are known as some of the deadliest insects in history.


Fleas are parasites who find a home on hosts, feeding off their blood. These hosts could be any warm-blooded creature, including humans, dogs, cats, and even rodents.

After dining, female fleas lay their eggs in the fur or bedding of their hosts. These eggs hatch into larvae, which eventually develop into pupae. Interestingly, these pupae have patience in spades - they can remain dormant for long periods, just waiting for the right conditions to hatch and emerge.

In terms of a species, fleas have been around for a very long time - with primitive fleas having dined on dinosaurs 165 million years ago.


From Charlotte to the furthest corners of the globe, fleas have spread their wings (metaphorically speaking, of course). They thrive in warm, humid climates and can make a home anywhere - from our yards and homes to the bedding of our pets.

Fleas are also prolific breeders, with females laying up to 40-50 eggs per day and as many as 2,000 across her entire lifetime.

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As if itchy, irritating bites weren't enough, fleas also bring health hazards, including the potential to transmit diseases. Beyond being a health nuisance, they can also be destructive guests, causing damage to our carpets, furniture, and clothing.

Some species of fleas have even been known to burrow into our skin making them much harder to kill/treat.


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Pest Control

Dealing with a major flea problem? It might be time to bring in the professionals. Pest control companies have the experience and the expertise to handle your flea issue quickly and effectively.

Here's how you can prevent fleas from making a home in your place:

  • Keep your pets clean and routinely checked for fleas.
  • Regularly vacuum your home, focusing on carpets and furniture where fleas might hide.
  • Regularly inspect your pets for signs of fleas.
  • Take immediate action if you notice fleas in your house or on your pet.

Fleas might be small, but their impact can be significant. Understanding them is the first step in preventing them from becoming unwelcome houseguests.

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