Fleas In Your Home?
Fleas are one of the most unwelcome house guests you can have; just the thought of them makes you itch. These tiny parasites feed on the blood of animals and humans and can cause a whole variety of health problems for you and your pets. If you have an infestation, you’ll need to deal with it quickly and efficiently.
Here’s a few facts on these tiny, jumping blood suckers and how you can get rid of them.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are tiny, wingless insects that can jump over 150 times their own height. They survive on drinking blood, not only for nutrition, but also to enable them to reproduce.
Fleas like to set up home in animal fur where they also lay their eggs. The eggs can easily fall, spreading quickly to carpets and bedding.
A female flea can consume up to 15 times her bodyweight in blood, but she can also live for up to 100 days without it. Fleas are more prevalent in warm, humid conditions so they are a bigger nuisance during the summer.
Fleas aren’t picky about their blood supply, so they’ll also bite humans. In fact, flea infestations have also been found in homes without pets.
Fleas are large enough to spot in your pet’s fur. Also look for droppings and eggs which look like dirt. Signs that your pet’s got fleas include excessive scratching, skin biting, hair loss and sores.
Fleas can cause a number of health risks for your pet and can even be fatal for older dogs, puppies and kittens. More serious conditions include:
Pets can pick up fleas from lawn areas then bring them inside. They are often found in carpets, bedding and upholstery.
A flea bite consists of a red, itchy bump, usually found around the ankles and feet. They can usually be treated with topical creams and antihistamines.
Fleas can transmit bubonic plague, typhus, tapeworm and cat scratch fever; a bacterial disease.
Removal And Prevention
Finally, call a professional pest controller to treat your property with residual insecticide sprays that also contain growth inhibitors to prevent larvae from developing.
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