Flea Bites: Not Just “Man’s Best Friend’s Problem”
Fleas have always been a dog’s most irritating pest. Flea season is basically year-round in the New Orleans area because we have mild winters. During the hot months of the summer, fleas are out in full force. They feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body, including humans. Flea bites can cause intense itching and and skin irritation. If you have adult fleas biting your pet, you most long have hundreds or thousands of eggs, larvae, and pupae elsewhere in the yard and maybe in your home. If early signs of fleas are ignored like flea bites on pets, infestations can quickly spiral out of control.
Facts About Fleas
Fleas are quite common. Adult fleas are ravenous eaters, consuming up to 15 times their body weight in blood each day. Pets can become infested with adult fleas while outdoors. Fleas can jump vertically up to about 6 inches which makes it pretty easy for them to hitch a ride on a passing dog or cat. But, did you know they can also jump on the shoes and pant legs of humans? Adult fleas spend most of their time on a dog or cat, not on the carpet or sofa. This is why it is important to treat your pet if s/he has fleas. As soon as a flea hops on your pet, it will begin to feed. Then, within 24 hours, the flea will mate and lay eggs. All of the eggs (about 40 to 50 per day) are laid in the fur. Wherever the pet rests, like a sofa or bed, the eggs will fall off and in about a couple, the entire house can become infested.
“If you suspect a flea infestation in your home, be proactive in treating the problem and contact a licensed pest professional to rid your home of fleas and to prevent future infestations,” advises Joe Martin, Entomologist, Terminix New Orleans.
Human Flea Bites
Humans are not the preferred meal for a flea, and humans are not good hosts. Fleas bite humans only as a secondary choice when they have not found the family pet. When a flea bites a human, small red bumps in clusters of three or four may appear that are itchy. In some cases, a worse reaction can occur as an allergic reaction to the flea bite. An allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing, nausea and swelling of the lips or face.
If you notice that you have flea bites, you may have a flea infestation in your home. If you are worried about flea bites and flea pests in your yard or home, Terminix can help. We can create a custom pest control service that meets your needs. We offer free consultations, one-time treatment services and even an annual service agreement.
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