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Can Fleas In Louisville Fly?

a flea on a person

It is estimated that there are as many as 2,000 unique species of fleas in the world. These insects can be found in nearly every corner of the globe. But of all the fleas in all the world—including the fleas in Louisville—there isn't a single species capable of flight, though you might think so, since they spring through the air to get onto you. (One second you don't have a tiny speck on your leg, the next second you do.) But you can rest easy. They don't have the ability to fly into your home and start an infestation. They're also not likely to jump into your home or ride in on you or another human. Almost all infestations begin with transportation provided by an animal. Let's take a look at how this works.

Pet Transport

If you have a dog or a cat that goes out into your yard, you have a high risk of getting an infestation. Fleas are brought into your yard on animal hosts. As an animal moves through your yard, it drops eggs and flea dirt (the feces of adult fleas). When the eggs hatch, the flea larvae feed on the flea dirt, mature, and cocoon themselves. This usually happens in shaded, moist locations, such as landscaping or under external structures. When your dog or cat explores these areas, the cocooned fleas break free and spring onto them. The fleas are then brought into your home. Once inside, eggs and flea dirt drop from the fur of your pet and areas of infestation are created.

Pest Transport

If you don't have a pet, you can still get a flea infestation in your Louisville home. Fleas don't come into homes on pets alone. They can come in on pests. Two pests that are a particular threat for the introduction of fleas are mice and rats. This is because mice and rats can explore every floor of a home and bring fleas into locations that are close to where you sit or lie down. While a flea won't hop into your house to bite you, it will have no problem hopping from some hidden place in your bathroom to spring onto you to get a blood meal.

What to Do About Fleas in Louisville

Whether you have pets or not, you can have a flea infestation. When you do, take action and get Action. At Action Pest Control, we offer flea treatments and rodent control. Let our highly trained pest professionals stop those fleas in their tracks. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance and to learn more about our flea control services in Louisville.