Fleas

Dog FleaFleas are a pesky problem, and they don’t just affect dogs and cats. Many people don’t realize that humans are quite susceptible to flea bites, so an infestation is not only a hassle, it can be quite uncomfortable as well. Flea bites are itchy and, and since fleas can also carry diseases, they can be dangerous as well.

Fleas are not easy to eradicate, particularly if an infestation has been allowed to take hold. As soon as you see a flea, it is important to address the issue right away.

Appearance

Fleas are not very big, typically measuring about an eighth of an inch long. They have six legs, no wings and appear flat. Because they move quickly, it is often difficult to see a flea. One way to tell if you have them in your home is to put on a pair of white socks and walk across your carpet. It is then easier to spot the small bugs as they jump near your ankles. If you are looking for fleas on your pet, try wetting their hair first so that you can see what you are dealing with a little better.

Signs

There are several ways to tell if you have fleas. Many people first realize that they have this pest when they see their animals scratching themselves repeatedly. Also, bites are a common sign; these welts are itchy and are often located on the lower extremities. Keep in mind that flea bites are often confused for something else, so it may be a good idea to set up an appointment with a medical provider if you aren’t sure what’s bothering you.

If you look closely, you may also see flea feces and/or eggs. Feces are also known as flea dirt, and they closely resembles ground black pepper. Look for it in your carpet or rugs. The eggs are a little harder to spot. They may be hidden around your furniture or located close to the area where your pet sleeps. They can also be in the carpet or found in small cracks and crevices.

Preparation

Once you know you have fleas, there are a few steps to take to ensure that you get rid of them for good. First, pick up all the clutter from the floors. After that, run your pet’s bedding through the washing machine. Vacuum well and vacuum repeatedly. If you have wood or concrete flooring, make sure to wash them. Finally, pick a time when you can leave the home for a while. You should make yourself scarce for a few hours following a flea treatment.

Fleas and Your Pet

To cope with your pet’s flea problems, it is best to visit your veterinarian to find out about which treatment options are best and implement an action plan. Your vet may recommend that your pet receive topical treatments to minimize pressure. Additionally, for prevention, consider giving your pet a regular topical treatment or a flea prevention medication.

Fleas are not only a nuisance, they can also cause a lot of discomfort. Both Alabama and Florida tend to have significant problems with fleas because of the high moisture and high humidity levels. Don’t wait to address an infestation; get in touch with a licensed pest control company right away. We’ll come out to your property to see what is going on and take steps to address the issue right away.

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