“Fleas are known for their quick breeding capabilities and a handful can quickly turn into hundreds if left unchecked,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Their small size and mobility make it impossible to find them on surfaces such as carpets and linens, but a pest professional can help to eradicate an infestation.”
Fleas feed on warm-blooded hosts, including humans. Known for leaving itchy, red bumps, these parasites are also known for transporting themselves on rodents and other mammals by using their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally.
NPMA offers tips for pet owners this season:
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,000 members, was established in 1933 and in 2008 celebrates its 75th anniversary supporting the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.