Think of fighting fleas and you probably already feel itchy. Understandable, because fleas are annoying little creatures that you would rather not have anything to do with. They not only crawl on your pets to enjoy a bloody meal there but they also regularly make a switch to the people in the house. The result? Flea bites not only itch but can also cause an allergic reaction or other physical complaints. Do you suspect that you have fleas at home? Then don’t wait for a second and contact a professional pest control person who will solve the problem quickly, professionally and effectively.
How do you recognize flea bites?
Before you start fighting fleas, it is important to know whether you really have to deal with these little kriebellaars. After all, it could also be bed bugs or other vermin. What exactly are the symptoms of a flea infection?
In a person, you recognize a flea bite because they usually stay small, in contrast to a mosquito bite that sets on and off. Do you get bitten by a flea? Then you can recognize one or more of the following points:
- Bites that appear as small, red bumps;
- A red ring around the center of the bite;
- Small groups of three or four bites or a few bites in a straight line;
- Bites around the ankles or legs.
Flea bites are also common around the waist, armpits, chest, crotch or in the folds of elbows and knees.
Is a pet the victim? Then you recognize a flea infestation, among other things, by:
- Unusually lots of scratching, licking and/or biting;
- Striking red spots;
- Hair loss;
- Striking light gums;
- Small red-brown spots on your pet or at home.
Symptoms of a flea bite
There are some similarities in the symptoms of a flea bite that ensure that you can assign it to flea with some certainty. A flea bite itches. The bite of this little tickle animal often itches much worse than that of a mosquito and the skin around the bite often becomes a bit painful. It is also not uncommon for your rash to develop.
Are you going to scratch? Then there is a good chance that you will further damage the skin and you even run the risk of infection. Try not to scratch and keep an eye on the places where you were bitten. Do you see blisters or other signs that things are not going well? Then immediately call in a doctor. It’s important to know before you‘re fighting fleas.
Fighting fleas? This is the enemy
Fighting fleas starts with knowing the enemy. Fleas are small insects that often do not become much larger than the tip of a pen and are colored light brown to black. Fleas do not have wings but jump from place to place.
The thin, flat bodies are well armored and it is therefore very difficult to crush a flea. Between your nails or two hard surfaces, it may still work, but even more will undoubtedly follow. This is because fleas reproduce very quickly:
The life cycle of the most common fleas lasts about five weeks and a female flea lays around 24 to 48 eggs per day. After two to five days, the larvae hatch, wrap themselves in a cocoon and wait for the conditions to be adequate.
How do you recognize a flea infestation?
Do you suspect there are fleas in the house? Then there are some ways to identify infection so that you can take the next steps:
- Set a flea trap – There are several flea traps on the market that you place in the evening to check them the next morning. Pest control will often be able to deliver similar traps;
- Inspect baskets, beds, and carpets – Look for the signs of fleas in the baskets of dogs or cats, beds and carpets. You will often be able to recognize both the excrement and the actual fleas;
- Try the white sock test – Fleas are drawn to body heat. Put on a pair of high white socks and shuffle slowly through your carpet or other places where you suspect fleas. The fleas will jump on the socks in an attempt to bite, where you will find them easily afterward.
How can you fight fleas yourself?
Pet owners often go to the vet or the drugstore for flea control to stop the contamination of their furry friends. Often this does not really address the source of the infection and using the same treatment for people is not a good idea.
Good vacuuming is a great starting point, but keep in mind that this must be done thoroughly. After all, missed fleas can multiply at a very rapid pace and then fighting fleas can start again. Keep in mind that in many cases the fleas are also in your garden, so don’t skip them.
Do you want to be absolutely assured of the most effective method of controlling fleas? Then have this done at all times by pest control. Or try to apply electric pest repellent like Indoor Ultrasonic Rodent Repeller at home.