A Guide to Fleas in Orange County
With such beautiful weather year round, many Orange County residents have a tendency to leave their pets outside. While this may sound like a great idea at first, it can be very damaging to your pet. Fleas are notorious for being highly adaptable and can survive in most environments in California. Summertime brings warm, dry weather to much of the United States. This weather is extremely pleasant for people, but is ideal for flea breeding and jumping.
The Life Cycle of a Flea
The life cycle of a flea begins when an adult female flea lays eggs on the host’s skin. The eggs fall off the host and into the environment, where they hatch into larvae. After a few days, these larvae molt into nymphs, which are similar to their adult counterparts but smaller.
The nymphs then spend several weeks feeding on blood from the host’s body. They will continue to feed until they become adults themselves and lay eggs that hatch into new fleas.
A single female flea can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime; this means that one flea bite may result in many more bites if not treated properly.
Flea season in Orange County
If you live in the greater Orange County area, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been getting warmer lately. That’s because we’re right in the middle of our annual flea season, which typically runs from April through October. While the temperatures have been rising outside, so have fleas inside your home.
Fleas are tiny bugs that feed on the blood of their host animals—usually dogs, cats, and other animals with fur. While they don’t transmit diseases to humans directly (unless they bite), fleas can cause serious problems for pets and humans alike if left unchecked.
If you suspect that your home may have a flea infestation, schedule an appointment with one of our technicians today! They’ll be able to identify any potential problems and will work with you to devise an effective treatment plan that will get rid of these pesky critters once and for all!
What to do if you find live fleas in your home
If you’ve found live fleas in your home, don’t panic! You have options.
If you have a pet, the first thing to do is to check with a vet. Your pet may have an ongoing condition that has nothing to do with fleas, and the vet can help you address that issue.
If it’s been more than a month since you saw any evidence of fleas in your home, it’s likely that they’re gone for good. But if you think they might still be there, call BugFlip (714) 340-111. We’ll come to your house and use our patented method to rid your home of fleas once and for all!