We’ve all heard of fleas and know that they come in through our animals, but do we really know what a flea is? A flea is an external parasite that feeds on the blood of animals and birds. If you have a pet dog or cat, your home is easily susceptible to a flea infestation. When fleas make their way into your home via your pet, they start to eye you as a host. Although they can’t live on humans, they can certainly bite you, exacerbating the flea infestation problem.
If you want to be more in tune with flea infestation signs this year, here are 4 signs your home is definitely playing host to a flea party:
1. Skin Bites
The first telling sign of a flea infestation is when you start to notice bites on your skin. Your legs and feet are the most prone to fleabites. Fleas can only jump about 7-inches from the host animal to your skin; so if you notice fleabites on your body, your pets are definitely carrying them within your home. You can also exhibit a rash around the fleabite area, experiencing swelling with really extreme cases.
2. Itchy Pets
Fleas are not an enjoyable experience for your poor pets. If you see your pet scratching themselves aggressively, at a rate that is much more frequent than normal, it’s a telling sign that your pet is living with fleas buried in their fur. Every time your pet goes to itch themselves, they are putting eggs and other fleas around your home, onto you and your kids, into your carpeting, and onto your rugs. These pesky parasites burrow in hard-to-reach areas, making their eradication not so simple.
3. Red Animal Skin
After all of that itching, you’re going to notice red patches of skin on your pet. In some cases, the flea infestation could cause hair loss in the infested area. When fleas bite, they leave saliva on the body of their host, causing skin irritations and enflamed patches of skin if the pet is allergic to the saliva.
4. Flea Droppings
You really know you have a flea problem when you see visible flea droppings. That means the fleas are pretty happy and healthy in your home. If you see reddish-brown specks, especially where your pet likes to sit or sleep, this is not dirt build-up. The build-up is actually flea droppings, and it’s a sign that you have a sizeable flea problem. If you’re ready to take the next step in identifying your flea problem, we recommend taking some of the “dirt” and examining it with a magnifying glass to confirm the dropping status. Put the dirt on white paper, spray clear water on it, and if it turns a reddish-brown color, then you have some flea feces on your hand.
Flea Infestation Professional Support
Here at DM Extermination, we’re equipped to come in, assess your flea infestation, and make a plan moving forward that will spare you, your pets, and your family. We don’t take fleas lightly here. Call us today (514) 331-3515.