Fleas are external parasites that feed off the blood of both birds and mammals. They live on many wild animals, but they can also be picked up by pets and brought into the home. Even if there are no pets in the home, a flea infestation can still occur.
If fleas have infested the home, both pets and humans may have bites. These tend to be itchy, red bumps and there may also be flea droppings around the house. A flea may jump on anyone who is passing by,wearing white socks around the house may make fleas more visible if they happen to land on your feet.
If you have an infestation in your home, you may need to contact an exterminator. Pest control companies can rid your home of fleas, bedbugs and termites. There are websites that you can use to search for an exterminator in your area.
If you have pets in your household, one way to look for flea infestations is to check any pets for signs of fleas such as bites or droppings. When bathing pets you may be able to see the fleas in the water as they get washed off. If you suspect that your pet has fleas, you should take them to a veterinarian. They will be able to advise you on treatment and prevention. Chemical treatments such as Front Line are available; these are designed to kill adult fleas and ticks, as well as eggs and larvae.
It is important to select the right treatment for the breed and size of your pet. For example, flea treatment for dogs can contain a chemical that is toxic to cats and so should not be used when treating pet cats.
Some people may not want to use harsh chemicals on their pets, but there are some natural alternatives which may help. There is plenty of advice available online for natural flea treatments, but you should speak to your veterinarian before using any treatments to ensure that they will be safe. Further information on the different treatments is available online, including websites that compare the different treatments available. The information provided covers the types of animals different treatments are suitable for, their active ingredients and any other cautions.
- Fleas can infest a home even if there are no pets.
- Chemical and natural treatments are available.
- Preventative measures can be taken.