Top Signs of Flea Infestations
The season for dog walks and wandering felines is rapidly approaching. With spring just around the corner it's likely you're planning your days at the beach or trips across the country, but there is something else you should be considering: fleas. OK, that took a quick turn, but let's be honest, spring and summer is when the flea population rapidly expands. This is because as the temps warm up these pests' lifecycle speeds up, resulting in faster reproduction cycles. Staying on the lookout for fleas is important, especially if you have a four-legged friend, because once fleas make their way inside your home by hitching a ride on you or your pet, they can be difficult to get rid of if not dealt with immediately.
What do Fleas Look Like?
Fleas are about 2.5 to 3 mm long and have a red or brown tint to their hair covered bodies. They are fairly flat and have six long, thin legs. Though they do not have wings, they can jump very long distances.
Are Fleas Dangerous?
Fleas can cause a number of issues for pets and humans alike. Aside from common rashes, which may be treated topically, their bites can cause infections that lead to illness and even transmit diseases most commonly in pets.
Fleas on Pets
It is most common for fleas to enter a home via pets. This is because animals tend to spend time rolling around or lounging in the grass, making them easy targets for fleas. What's worse is that once the fleas attach to an animal they'll rapidly begin feeding and reproducing. In addition to treating your pet if any of the following issues occur, you may want to treat your whole home for flea removal.
- Constant Scratching - Pets infected with fleas tend to spend a lot of time scratching.
- Restlessness - If your cat or dog tends to be sleeping less or suddenly wakes from naps to nip or scratch at the their skin on a regular basis, fleas are likely present.
- Deposits - Run a comb through the pet's fur. Any fine black or red spots could be left behind from fleas. You can also comb them onto a white piece of paper for a better visual.
- Seeing Fleas - It is not uncommon to spot fleas moving about on animal skin by parting the hair in areas they often scratch.
Fleas around the House
If fleas have made their way inside your home one way or another they can be difficult to spot, as they often hide in carpet. The environment in your home can become ideal for their reproduction. Your best bets for discovery include the following.
- Spots on Socks - If you wear white socks and move through your house be sure to check them for black spots now and again. Fleas tend to jump onto moving feet as a means of getting around.
- Bite marks - Fleas often use humans as a mode of transportation, opposed to an actual feast, so bites are relatively rare. When they do bite humans they tend to do so around the ankles. Bites will generally appear as little red dots and may be clustered in groups.
Should you suspect a flea infestation do not put off calling a professional pest control expert to remove them from your home. For superior residential flea control in Sacramento, Rio Linda or the surrounding communities reach out to Direct Hit Pest Control. Our team of experts will ensure your home is free and clear of any and all unwanted guests! Give us a call at (916) 992-6870 to request an estimate for effective pest control in Sacramento.
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Written and Published By MORBiZ
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