Although fleas may be tiny little pests (about 2.5 millimeters long), they can cause serious problems for you and for your pets. These external parasites can be found crawling around on the skin of their hosts, typically cats or dogs and other small mammals, including rabbits, squirrels, rats and mice. Adult fleas lay their eggs on the surface hair of their host or directly on the ground. The eggs that fall off these hosts can infest carpeting and furniture, causing problems that extend beyond your pets and move into your home.
Here are just some of the problems associated with flea infestations:
Severe scratching from a pet that has been bitten.
Hair loss and inflammation. For pets that are allergic to flea bites, they can get flea bite dermatitis, which is an allergic reaction to the flea saliva on your pet’s skin. Red skin, raised nodules and scabs on itchy areas are all signs of this affliction.
A severe infestation of fleas on your pet can lead to blood loss and anemia; that’s when too many fleas are feeding on your pet’s blood. This can be life threatening and usually happens to puppies and small dogs.
Fleas carry tapeworms, so if your pet eats the fleas (while he is biting his skin, trying to scratch the itch!), he can get tapeworms too. These live in your pet’s intestines and can be problematic when it comes to nutrient absorption.
Fleas can hurt your family too. When animals aren’t around, fleas will bite people instead. People can also suffer allergic reactions to these bites and the very young and very old can develop allergies to these pests.
As you can see, fleas pose a serious problem for your pets and your family members and even your home. What should you do if you have a flea problem?
First things first! Get a flea treatment solution from your veterinarian and have your pets treated immediately.
Vacuum all possible infested areas and remove the vacuum bag to the outside garbage can.
Contact a pest control professional to provide both interior and exterior flea treatment services.
For more information on protecting your home and family from biting fleas, contact the pros at McCall Services. With more than 86 years of pest control experience, we know how to help you get rid of all kinds of pests, including fleas. Call us today to learn more about our services and to schedule your first appointment.