How to Identify Fleas

A flea infestation is no small problem. Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that give painful, itchy bites and spread disease. They are especially prevalent in the New York area from June through October, but they can persist indoors year-round if there is a host for them to feed upon.

Adult fleas are a dark, shiny brownish color, about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long, that are sort of flattened laterally, wingless, with hard bodies that make them very difficult to crush. Fleas have large rear legs that allow the flea to jump great distances for their tiny size. A flea can travel anywhere from a distance from seven to thirteen inches in one jump. Fleas lay about 20 eggs per day. When the larvae mature, they remain in a cocoon until they detect vibration or pressure. They hatch and then jump onto their new host.



Fleas usually enter your home on a pet. If your cat or dog seems to be scratching incessantly, you may have fleas. On animals with dark, thick hair, finding fast-moving Fleas can be difficult. Take your pet to a veterinarian for a professional flea dip. Your vet can also check for common bacterial infections and tapeworm at the same time. 

If you have found rodents in your home, it is very likely they brought fleas and disease in with them. You may also discover a flea infestation when they start attacking you. Welts on your lower legs are caused by fleas that bite you as you walk in your home. Bites elsewhere will occur when you are sleeping. In any case, if you have fleas, you have a significant problem that will take multiple steps to eliminate.


Fleas are tiny pests that can be a big problem in homes. These pests are attracted to warm, humid environments and can enter your home through small cracks and crevices. If left unchecked, a flea infestation can become a nuisance and pose a number of risks.

Some of the risks associated with a flea infestation include:

Health Risks

Fleas can carry and transmit diseases, such as typhus and tapeworms, which can pose a risk to humans and pets.


Flea bites can be itchy and uncomfortable for both humans and pets.

Allergic Reactions

Some people and pets may develop allergic reactions to flea bites, which can cause irritation and discomfort.

Loss of Property Value

A flea infestation can lower the value of your home if not properly addressed.


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