New York City pest control professionals are prepared to eradicate flea problems all year round, but the height of public awareness falls between July and October when property owners spend the majority of one billion dollars annually on flea prevention.

Fleas carry pathogens like cat scratch disease, feline rickettsia, and the plague. These diseases are not as bad as they sound because we have antibiotics and advanced sciences, but they aren’t pleasant either.

These three diseases are spread by three different types of fleas you can find in New York City: the dog flea, the cat flea, and the rat flea. They all look and behave incredibly similar, with hard exoskeletons and an annoying bite. 

Is This A Flea?

Fleas are an interesting creature to view under the microscope. However, you can use tweezers and a good camera too to take a closer look.

The flea life cycle starts as an egg encapsulated in flea excrement which can be found at the base of your pet’s tail. They can also be found in the same places bed bugs like to hide, which is why the two are often confused during their early stages. Fleas begin as flea eggs and develop into a larva, pupa, and finally the adult. Adult fleas appear to have only three legs, but they have six. Depending on the age, life stage, and level of hunger, a flea can be black, reddish-brown, or brown.

One female flea can produce up to 50 eggs in 24 hours. Eggs do not usually stay on the host; they fall off and live in the cracks and fibers of a floor. There they hatch into larva and then cocoon into a pupa where they develop into an adult and wait for a stimulus to project out from their shell in search of a meal. Their stimulus includes mammals, birds, vibrations such as vacuuming, changes in air pressure, air conditioning, and warm weather.

Fleas can eat 15 times their body weight daily, What’s worse than their obsession to feed is the real threat they pose to humans, dogs, and cats. 

Fleas In NYC Can Be Dangerous

What does a flea infestation mean? Typically, the adult fleas you see in 24 hours are less than 10% of the entire flea population hiding in the immediate area. So, if you see one adult flea in your home, you are in danger of having a flea infestation. Close living increases the likelihood of any pest problem, so being aware of what you can do to prevent an infestation before it starts is a key to comfort and contentment.

Six Home Remedies To Deter Fleas

Peppermint oil is mentioned a lot in home remedies for preventing pests and it’s because it's been shown to have some effectiveness. Water diluted peppermint oil for fleas is no different. The oil is easily accessible, and you can judge how much you should use based on your preference for the smell.

Fleas, like other insects, have nerve receptors that tell them if there is a sustainable way of life in the area. Peppermint oil masks our scents and also deters pests away with its strong smell that they can smell long after our nose stops taking notice.

If you’re not a peppermint fan, there are other essential oils that repel fleas, including cedarwood, lemongrass, clove, eucalyptus, and lavender.

If you’re not the essential oil type, here are five more ways to deter fleas away from your home:

  1. Keep your pets on prescription flea prevention all year round.
  2. Vacuum high traffic areas every day.
  3. Wash bedding in hot water.
  4. Spread diatomaceous earth on your lawn and potted plants between rain and waterings.
  5. Use nematodes in your yard. They are a safe, nontoxic, parasitic roundworm that feast on fleas in warm soil.

Fleas are a tough pest to battle. They are adaptive and adult fleas in ideal conditions will live months in ideal conditions. But before you resort to conventional harmful hardware-store bug bombs, consider hiring a professional flea control service provider like PDF Finest Pest Management. 

How To Get Fleas Out Of Your Home For Good

Fleas can be a challenge for the average homeowner to tackle alone. If you’re having trouble getting rid of fleas or suspect a bigger problem in the works, then contact PDF Finest Pest Management. We offer first-class customer service and guarantee a solution to your home pest control problems.