Fleas are common pests many homeowners face, especially if you own a cat or a dog. However, even people who do not have pets can have a problem with fleas. If you have recently moved into a dwelling that was previously occupied by pet owners, the pet’s fleas may have been left behind. In this instance, fleas may be more noticeable because the host animal has left and the remaining fleas have nothing to feast on except you, the new resident, and your pets. If you want your flea problem treated professionally, call Arrow Pest Control.
Fleas feed off the blood of birds and animals that they infest. They spread very easily and a flea infestation should not be taken lightly. As soon as it is noticed, it should be treated.
Signs Your Pet has Fleas
If you own a pet that you fear may have fleas, there are several signs that you should look for. The most obvious sign is the constant scratching and biting at themselves. When a flea bites an animal, the flea’s saliva is left behind under the skin of the host, causing the area to become swollen and itchy. Fleas can be found on your pet on various parts of the body: the lower back, at the base of the tail, the abdomen, the flanks and the neck. To confirm if your pet has fleas, you can locate the fleas on their skin using a fine-toothed comb (pet combs can be purchased specifically for this purpose). If you find any fleas, you should drop them into soapy water to drown them. When fleas have been confirmed, you should take your pet to the vet immediately for proper treatment.
If you have multiple pets at home, it is wise to assume that if one pet has fleas, the others do as well. All pets in the home where fleas have been found should get the same medical treatment from the vet. If the fleas are abundant, it is possible that you may have been bitten as well. It is common with a flea infestation that you can suffer from bites around your ankles.
Entire House Treatment Likely Needed for Widespread Infestations
If you are experiencing a widespread flea epidemic in your home, it is wise to call professionals to deal with the situation. Although there are many home remedies available, including spraying with insecticides, these home remedies are often not enough. Treating and killing the adult fleas can be done fairly easily, but the developing fleas are harder to deal with or control. Home methods often cannot solve the whole problem, and treating your pet only works when you are able to detect the flea infestation while it is still in its early stages. When fleas are more widely spread, it is best if your entire house undergoes a complete flea control procedure while your pet is treated at the same time by the vet.
Treatment of fleas is not instantaneous. Insecticides are able to penetrate your pet’s coat where fleas hide and will eliminate the pests within several minutes. However, you still have to deal with any existing flea larvae, pupae or eggs within your house. Once these hatch, your flea problem could reoccur if not professionally treated.
The life cycle usually occurs over a 2-week period, but is subject to environmental factors such as humidity, temperature and availability of food. Therefore it is common for flea problems to begin in the spring and warmer summer months.
The best flea prevention method is to have your vet recommend a flea prevention strategy for your pets.
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