Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.


How to Identify an 


Fleas are small, jumping insects that are typically 1/8th to 1/6th of an inch long. They are reddish-brown and have a flattened body. They are most easily identified by their large back legs, which they use for jumping. Fleas are often confused with ticks but can be distinguished by their lack of segmented antennae and their agility.

Where do they come from?

Fleas are common throughout the United States and Canada. They are most commonly found in areas with a lot of animals, such as homes with pets, farms, and barns. Fleas can also be brought into your home on your clothing, from luggage, or most commonly, from outdoor pets. Occasionally, they can be spread from contact with secondhand fabrics (hence the name flea markets). If you purchase clothes from thrift stores, be sure to wash them early on.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of fleas is to eliminate their breeding grounds by getting rid of any pet hair or other debris near your home. Thoroughly groom your furry pets to help reduce shedding. You can also use a commercial flea repellent, which comes in the form of a powder, spray, or pet collar. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Fleas are not common in northern Utah
Fleas are reddish brown and have a shine to them
This is what flea bites look like
Fleas cannot fly

Where do they live?

Fleas are not common in Northern Utah. Part of the flea life cycle is outdoors and Utah winters kill off the fleas.





Adult fleas are strictly blood-feeders.

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