Flea Facts That Will Make You Squirm!

February 20, 2012

If you have ever had fleas in your home, you know how difficult it is to try to eradicate the tiny vampires. In most cases, fleas are brought indoors with the help of our pets, but that is not always the case. A fun walk in the woods, a picnic at the park, or a visit to a flea-infested friend's house, can bring a flea infestation into your home as well.

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Fleas are a year-round pest for New Jersey homeowners. Here are some interesting flea facts:

  • There are over 2000 different varieties of fleas present throughout the world. In America, you can find nearly 200 different types of fleas.

  • Female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs in a day, so it is easy to see why a home will become massively infested with fleas in a short period of time.

  • Cat fleas have at times been known to carry murine typhus and the plague, both of which are deadly to humans.

  • The Cat Flea and Dog Flea are the most common types of fleas.

  • Pets that ingest fleas will likely get tapeworms, which will make them sick.

  • Fleas are indiscriminate feeders. Any warm blooded mammal will suit the purpose for a hungry flea.

  • The scariest flea fact is that in only 9 months a female flea can be the matriarch to up to a trillion blood-thirsty decedents.

  • Despite its name, the Cat Flea will be the parasite that is sucking the blood of your pet in the United States. Cat Fleas are found in abundance on dogs!

If you discover fleas in your home, it's time to call a licensed NJ Pest Control expert like Heritage Pest Control for professional home pest control.

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