WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS?
Your Pet is Scratching Constantly.
Fleas are hard to spot as they are really fast! They are also ridiculously small at only around 2 millimetres long. They do not have wings, but they do have legs that enable them to jump extremely high. If your dog has a dark coat, then it can be particularly hard to see any fleas at all. Fleas are a fairly common cause of general itching and scratching on your pet.
Also, you may see little black specks on your dog’s coat or skin. This could be flea faeces left behind. This is because a flea feeds on your pet’s blood. The best way of finding out if it is a flea faeces is to put one of the specks on a damp piece of white tissue paper and it will turn a reddish-brown colour. You may not spot a flea on your pet but if you see these specks, then your pet probably has them.
Itchy Spots on Your Skin
Fleas that are present on your pet will bite humans as well and they can leave you with irritated red spots which are often on the parts of your body that are nearest to your pets, carpets, sofas and your pet beds.
Fleas can cause problems for humans too. Even Though fleas do not pose a direct health risk as such, the flea bites can cause itching and severe. People can respond very differently to flea bites, but other people may experience itching and swelling. You could be one of the lucky ones and not experience any reactions whatsoever.
Flea bites can also cause infections from constant itching when left untreated. Flea bites can also irritate respiratory illnesses and can sometimes cause complications for humans.
If you do think you could have fleas in your home, then it is recommended that you call Advance Pest Control to check this for you. It is always worth seeking professional help.
A lot of the flea’s life phases have probably taken place away from your pet. Fleas will generally lay their eggs after having a blood meal. After that, the eggs have a tendency to slip off of your pet onto the flooring. A flea larva looks like little white caterpillars, but these can be hard to see as they usually hidden underneath your carpets.
If you do not take action quickly when you discover a flea infestation, then they become a lot more difficult to remove.
The Quicker You Act the Better
If you do not act straight away with a flea problem then it becomes difficult to control, as they can become well established very quickly which is not good news. Fleas need to be removed from the home as soon as possible for the health of the people and the pets living there.
If fleas keep reappearing, or you want to make sure that you eradicate them completely then please get in touch with us. Advance Pest Control are fully trained and qualified in flea control and have a range of professional tools and efficient insecticides which you can not buy in the shops. We know how fleas operate and the habits that different types of fleas have. We can offer the most suitable and effective solution for your flea problem.
Preventing Fleas in the Future
The best and most effective way to prevent a flea infestation in the future is to constantly check your pets and also to make sure they are shielded against fleas. Your vet will be able to provide you with an effective flea treatment.
Also regularly hoovering all your floor areas where your pets have access too, especially carpet areas, pet beds, sofas, and chairs which your pets may lay on.
Regularly washing your pet bedding and other washable pet items on the hottest temperature possible will also help to keep on top of any infestations.
We Can Help
If you are experiencing fleas in your home and you are worried about trying to get rid of them, then please get in touch with us as soon as you can so we can stop the infestation from getting out of control. Please call 01179 088890 for any advice or to book an appointment.