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Common flea in PA

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Illustration of a common flea

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What are fleas?

Fleas are insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals.  The most common fleas found in Pennsylvania is the cat flea, which is primarily found on cats and dogs, but will feed on humans and the blood of other animals as well.  Fleas are small insects, under 1/4 of an inch in length and are dark brown in color and reddish black when filled with blood. Female fleas can lay 4 to 8 eggs after each blood meal and may lay up to 500 eggs during her lifetime. Eggs are laid and deposited on or between pet hairs and are consequently easily shaken off into bedding.  Adult fleas may live for months without a meal.

 

Why do I have them?

Typically fleas are brought into your home on your pets, but even if you don’t have pets, fleas are able to jump 6 inches vertically and can enter your home on your shoes or clothing.  If they do enter your home, they can live up to 6 months without eating.

Are they dangerous?

Fleas can cause an uncomfortable, itchy bite and are known to transmit diseases such as plague and murine typhus.  They also can infect our indoor cats with dog tapeworm and occasionally infect humans with rodent tapeworm.

How do I get rid of fleas?

Fleas can be a difficult pest to control because they are brought indoors from an outside source.  A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of fleas and recommend one of our 3 levels of service to help you get rid of fleas.

Can I do it myself?

There are products available from your veterinarian that can effectively control fleas from getting on your pets, but if you do not have pets, getting rid of fleas is not something many homeowners have success in doing on their own.  Many do-it-yourself repellents, sprays and bombs to rid your property of fleas simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective.  Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use.  In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.  

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so many of our customers choose one of our 3 comprehensive, year round pest control programs to ensure fleas stay out of their home or business.

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Where does Moyer Indoor | Outdoor service?

Moyer provides service in Souderton, Harleysville, Lansdale, and throughout Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery Counties as well as parts of Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties.