Scratching is the most obvious sign of fleas, but there are actually more signs. There are more than 2,500 different species of fleas throughout the world, but the most common one is the called the Ctenocephalides Felis or the cat flea that jumps on both dogs and cats. So, this means if your dog has fleas, most likely your cat will have them too. Here are the most common signs that you may have a possible flea infestation:
If your pet is scratching or biting at its fur, there is a strong likelihood that s/he may have fleas. A flea’s bit is quite painful and their salivary glands give off a substance that is irritating to dogs and cats too.
Adult fleas are about 1/8 an inch long and are a reddish-brown color. They like to hang out around the neck area and the tail area. They move very quickly and can jump upwards and outwards of at least 12 inches in one leap. Also, if you see one flea, most likely there can be at least 100 immature ones developing on your pet too.
Fleas leave a lot of evidence when they have taken up residence on your pet. They actually leave behind a pepper like substance which is actually called “flea dirt.” It can be spotted on your pet’s skin and even around your house. The flea dirt can be found in your bed, carpet, and your sofa. These specks are actually dried blood.
You will also find flea eggs on your pet that can also fall off all over your house. Fleas lay eggs on your pet that look like tiny white ovals. In only a few days, the flea eggs turn into flea larvae. Flea larvae are little, worm-like things with brown heads that feed on the flea dirt until they wrap themselves up into a cocoon called a pupa. At four weeks, that little white egg will develop into fully grown biting fleas.
Many pets will also lose a lot of hair if they are infested with fleas. The loss of hair is due to all of the scratching and biting. The most common areas of loss hair will be around the neck and shoulders and on the base of the tail.
You may also find little red bites all of your own body that itch. This means that the fleas may be jumping off your pet and biting you too. If you find fleas in your home, it is important to react quickly. Clean your home thoroughly from the carpets and rugs to your mattresses. At Terminix, we offer free consultations for flea control and offer one time treatments and annual service agreements. Learn more – HERE.
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