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What do fleas look like?

Fleas are small, flat-bodied, and wingless insects that are typically reddish-brown in color. They have six legs, a pair of antennae, and specialized spines and bristles that help them move through a host's hair. Fleas range in size from 1/12 to 1/6 of an inch long. 

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Pest Facts

Did you know?

  • Fleas are more common and reproduce faster in warmer climates than cold ones. 

  • Fleas can live for about 100 days, which during that time females can produce up to 40 eggs a day.

  • Flea infestations can develop in homes where there are no pets.

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How long is the flea life cycle?

The flea life cycle consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The entire life cycle can take as little as a few weeks, depending on environmental conditions. In warmer climates, fleas will reproduce faster than in colder regions. 

Do fleas jump?

Not only are fleas able to jump, they have powerful hind legs that allow them to jump impressive distances relative to their size. In fact, fleas can jump as high as 8" vertically. 

How do pets get fleas?

Pets can get fleas from exposure to flea-infested animals or environments. Fleas lay eggs in the fur of animals, and the eggs can fall off and develop into larvae in the surrounding environment.

Can fleas live on furniture, carpets, or inside homes?

Flea eggs, larvae, and pupae can be present in carpets, furniture, and bedding as well as in or on other items in a home. 

Do fleas transmit diseases?

Unfortunately, infected fleas are capable of transmitting disease to both animals and humans. One example is the bubonic plague, although it is rare. Fleas can also cause allergic reactions and anemia in some pets.

How do you get rid of fleas?

At Greenway Pest Solutions, we are here to help property owners in the Phoenix metro get rid of fleas. Give us a call to learn more about our flea treatments or to request a free quote! 

How can I prevent fleas?

To prevent fleas in your home or in your yard, our local pest control team recommends the following flea prevention tips:

  • Vacuum your carpets and rugs, cushions, pet beds, and other items that could become flea-infested well and often. Make sure you remove the vacuum bag or empty the canister right away and dispose in a trash can outside. 
  • Clean blankets and bedding regularly, especially if you have a pet who sleeps with you.
  • Cut grass frequently and avoid over-watering.
  • Remove brush, rock piles, and other debris from your property, especially in shaded areas.
  • Keep trash cans covered.
  • Eliminate any rodent activity on your property. 
  • Talk with your vet about flea preventative for your pets.
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