Fleas are wingless ectoparasites that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They have a characteristic body that is flattened and they are extraordinary jumpers. Fleas can transmit pathogens that cause disease, and their itchy bites can cause skin irritation in both pets and humans.
Most flea infestations stem from pets. Your cat or dog might have caught fleas while running in the park, or from other animals during boarding or on walks. The first step in controlling fleas is always treating the source of the problem as soon as possible. It makes no sense to treat your house if your pet is going to keep bringing fleas in.
How to spot fleas
Look out for these signs to easily spot fleas in your home or business:
- Pets Scratching - Have you noticed your pets scratching more often. This is sometimes a sign that they have fleas, fleas feed on the blood from your dog or cat with painful bites and flea dirt can irritate your pet's skin. Always treat your pets for fleas regularly as per guidance from your local vet.
- You can see them - Adult fleas are just a few millimetres in length and a reddish-brown colour. It’s hard to see what they look like without a magnifying glass but they are visible in your pets coat.
- Flea Dirt - Fleas leave behind traces which is similar in appearance to black pepper! If you see black specks along the floor or carpet, rub it with a damp white towel. Flea dirt will appear as tiny red streaks on the cloth.
- Check your carpets - Carpets make the perfect breeding ground for fleas to lay their eggs. Check your carpets closely for Flea eggs which are small, white oval shapes and also look out for Flea dirt
- Check pet beds - Your Pets bedding is a great environment for fleas as they are close to a source of food and they can lay their eggs in the soft fabrics. Check pet bedding closely and replace regularly to prevent fleas.
How to control fleas
Fleas can be difficult to control especially if only combining treating your pets without treating your home.
- Flea eggs can remain dormant meaning even after treating your pet they can still return at a later date.
- Flea eggs are very small and difficult to spot
- Fleas breed quickly. This makes it difficult to prevent them completely without professional help
Always take great care when using home remedies or chemicals as they can harm your beloved pets, always consult a professional who has been trained to spot Fleas and can take appropriate methods to control them as well as providing advice for the safety of you and your pet. Get in contact with Pest Pulse today to see how we can help.