In California, flea season never ends. Often Northern California gets a small respite during the winter (fleas don’t like wet weather); however, the dry winter means fleas are breeding from San Jose to San Diego. One main issue brings fleas to the attention of pet owners and non-pet owners alike: itchy ankles. Fleas will bite anywhere on the human body, but most easily reach your ankles as you walk or sit in a flea infested room. Once fleas are in the house, you need a pest control professional to take care of them quickly and completely, but only you can take care of your pet!

Fleas bite ankles within easy reach.

Fleas bite ankles within easy reach.

Treating your pet on a regular basis with a flea prevention and control product is essential to gaining control over fleas. Unless otherwise recommended by a veterinarian, treat your pet even if it does not appear to have fleas. Let the emphasis be on prevention. Every pet will encounter fleas dropped in your yard or public outdoor spaces by cats, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and other mammals. Keep them off your pet and out of your house!

New Tenants Beware of Fleas. Even if you don’t have pets, you may find that you’ve moved into a rental with a pre-existing flea problem. Newly hatched flea larvae  crawl under furniture cushions, between carpet fibers, and beneath rugs looking for a suitable food source.Within one to two weeks, young fleas move on to pupa form. Many fleas remain in their protective cocoons and only emerge with proper stimulation, such as a new warm-blooded tenant moving in. When you encounter a flea problem in a newly rented space, inform your landlord immediately. A good landlord will contact a pest control operator without delay.

Keep your pet happy. Use a flea preventative today.

Keep your pet happy. Use a flea preventative today.

Thinking about treating fleas yourself with dichotomous earth? Think again. As we’ve mentioned before “natural” is not the same as “harmless.” Borax is another bust when it comes to fleas.