Fleas are bloodsuckers; they are common in homes and affect pets and humans. Cat and dog fleas are the most common. Life span on dogs is typically more than 100 days — enough time for a pair of fleas and their descendants to produce millions of offspring. Even if you don’t have pets, people can carry fleas into your home.
Some fleas transmit bacteria that cause serious diseases in humans and domestic animals. Cat and dog fleas tend to attack cats, dogs, humans, and rodents. One of the main concerns about cat and dog fleas is that they can carry tapeworms that could affect young children.
Some people have bad reactions to bites, while other people hardly notice them. Children may be more sensitive to flea bites than older people. Irritation, itching and rashes may occur when bitten. Humans usually get a small, hard, red, slightly raised, itching spot with no swelling (as opposed to bites from other insects or spiders).
Flea Identification and Pest Information
Appearance – Adult fleas are about 1/12 to 1/8 inch long, wingless, reddish-brown, hard bodied, and flat from side-to-side. Fleas have very powerful back legs that help them jump onto humans and animals.
Biology – Fleas like to be in warm, moist conditions. Adult fleas respond to movement, vibrations and exhaled breath. By simply walking across a flea infested area (your lawn, a public park, etc.) you can set off the natural jumping action of adult fleas. They then can easily hitchhike into your home, once they cling to your skin, clothing or belongings.
Prevention – Good housekeeping helps take care of flea problems. Make sure rugs, blankets, pillows, and bedding used by cats and dogs that have fleas are thoroughly cleaned, especially during warm months. Vacuuming your carpets and furniture every day is recommended if flea problems continue. If pets need to be treated, take them to a professional. If your home needs to be treated, call a professional for the correct treatment.
How To Determine If Your Pet Has Fleas
If you suspect your pet has fleas, you can start by thoroughly examining their skin and haircoat under a bright light. The armpit and groin area are two areas that tend to be warm and protected, making them great spots for fleas to hide. Fleas are very fast and can jump very high, so you’ll have to examine closely. If your pet has fleas, give your exterminators at Griffin Pest Solutions a call for expert flea control in your home.