Fleas tend to sneak up on you and your pets, and finding them should be concerning. Although they don’t breed on humans, they can harm your pet pretty significantly.
If you find a flea, chances are that you’re find dozens more. They breed so fast that one female can lay up to 50 eggs in one day. If you want to protect your pet, it’s wise to first learn the signs of an infection.
Expected Signs of a Flea Infestation
It’s important to know and look for the signs of a flea infestation so you can take action before it becomes too serious. To deal with fleas, you need to be on the lookout for these signs:
- Fleas will bite any animal that has blood, including you. Although they don’t normally prefer humans, if they leave an animal host, they need other sustenance. Usually these bites are contained in your legs and feet.
- Fleabites look like mosquito bites with a red halo around the entry wound. Sometimes it is accompanied by a rash or swelling, depending if you are allergic or not. Lesions and rashes also can appear on your pet, along with hair loss.
- If your pets have suddenly increased the aggressiveness and frequency of scratching, you should examine them closely for ticks. Areas they prefer include the neck, head, and hard-to-reach places.
- If you look closely at your carpets and bed sheets and see droppings, you can assume your pets also have droppings or “dirt” from flea feces. Check the neck, leg folds, base of the tail, and groin area especially.
- Thankfully, fleas have a relatively short lifespan if their food supply is dissipated. Their lifespan is under three months, which is good considering the health risks involved. Besides plagues, fleas can also transmit parasitic worms.
- Some fleas are known to spread plagues, sickness, and overall health issues. Their itchy bites are the dead giveaway that you have guests in your home.
Getting Rid of Fleas
No matter what route you take (DIY treatments or hiring a pest control company), you can expect the work to evict them as difficult. There are different methods for each stage of their life.
No matter what the stage is, you will find more and more fleas in your home once there is an infestation. Most of the fleas that you see or think of are only a small percentage of the fleas that are hiding in your home.
Half of the fleas are larvae, and 45 percent are larvae. This means that you can have a bigger infestation than you originally thought, with only five percent visible adults.
Fleas have developed a bit of an immunity throughout the year that makes it difficult to kill them right away. They are hard to crush and are able to live in harsh weather conditions.
The first thing to do is to always seal any unwanted openings that they may have entered in so keep your eyes on the ground.
Pets are not the only victims of fleas. They can find a way into your house even if you try to keep your house super clean. The trick is to elimate the problem before it becomes an infestation.
RID Pest Control can help you prepare on what to expect if you have a flea infestation, but we can also treat your house. To ensure that your house will stay flea-free, set up regular inspections with RID Pest Control. Call us today for a free quote!