Flea Treatment

Ctenocephalides felis, cat flea or flea, isolated on a white background

HOW TO IDENTIFY A FLEA INFESTATION

Appearance – Fleas have small, flat, reddish brown bodies. They are small, about ⅛ of an inch long, and move very quickly. Fleas are often confused with bed bugs and lice.

Behavior – Fleas are parasitic, and feed on blood. You will most likely find yourself or your family scratching and getting bit before you see a flea. Unlike bed bug bites which welt like mosquito bites, flea bites come in smaller clusters of bumps that can resemble a patch of acne. Fleas like to live on animals with hair or fur they can hide in, such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and rodents. They will deposit eggs in carpets, bedding, even the cracks of your floor. Flea feces may be seen, which looks similar to coarse ground pepper.

WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE FLEAS

Flea problems can come from tall grass being near your property where you, your family and pets frequent. You could have a friend or family member who does not know they have a flea infestation, has come over and now has given you the flea problem as well. Your animals can pick fleas up just by going on a walk.

REASONS TO TREAT YOUR FLEA PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY

Not only are flea bites annoying, but scratching them can lead to infection. Children, adults, and animals can also be allergic to flea bites. Leaving a flea problem unattended will cause the flea population to increase at an alarming rate. Female fleas can lay up to 2,000 eggs each year, and will happily do so in your carpet. flea infestations require both the adult fleas and well as flea eggs to be killed in a series of treatments to completely stop the flea life cycle.