Fleas are an itchy annoyance to cats, dogs, and humans. That’s right, fleas can bite and transmit diseases to any warm blooded mammal, people and pets alike. Fleas are able to jump as high as 150 times their height and can easily gain access to a home by latching onto your furry friends or hitching a ride on a pant leg.
Fleas will migrate to where people and pets sleep, like bedding and carpets. They rapidly multiply and can produce 400-500 offspring over their lifespan. While it’s very common for a pet owner to be at risk of a flea infestation, fleas can also be brought to your property via raccoons and skunks.
How do you know if you have a flea bite? On humans, bites are normally found around the ankles and legs and appear in clusters of 3 or 4. These bites are small and red and can cause a host of problems. For starters, flea bites can be extremely painful and itchy causing excessive scratching which can lead to scarring. In worst case scenarios, flea bites may transmit bacterial disease.
How do you treat flea bites? Flea bites normally go away on their own however, calamine lotion will help stop the itching.
To treat flea bites, it’s best to prevent them. Homeowners should keep their homes clean by frequently washing the linens and vacuuming. Keep landscaping trimmed since fleas like to hide in tall grass. Pet owners should treat their pets regularly with anti tick and flea treatments.
If you suspect your home has a flea infestation or you’d like to develop a preventative plan, contact the Knockout professionals. Our technicians are experienced in removing flea infestations and making your home a safe environment for you and your pets.