Fleas

Pest Management Services in Rhode Island

PEST STATS

Color: Dark reddish-brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Flat
Size: 1/12" - 1/6"
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans.

Habits

Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest both household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally.

Habitat

Fleas usually remain on their warm-blooded hosts at all times. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs, or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments. They are often found infesting opossums, raccoons, and skunks in urban settings.

Threats

Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious Flea Alergy Dermatitus in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are flat, wingless, nocturnal pests that can be difficult to detect. They feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. Bed bugs are extremely thin which allows them to hide in tight, narrow spaces such as under carpets, inside mattress seams, behind baseboards or even in loose wallpaper.

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Rodents

Rats & mice can cause considerable problems including property damage. Rats & mice breed extremely quickly, so what starts off as a small infestation can quickly spread throughout the premises, causing damage and posing a fire risk from potential damage to wiring by their constant gnawing.

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Roaches

Cockroaches can cause serious problems with not only contamination of food, but also are responsible for worsening asthma in those who suffer from the disease or are sensitive to the cockroach allergens. Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs

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