What are Flea’s
Fleas are insects that are about three millimeters long. There are over 2,500 species of fleas. They are parasites that feed on warm-blooded animals, such as rabbits, dogs and cats. When a person or animal is bitten by a flea, the area may start to itch. Some people also develop an allergic reaction to the flea bite.
Flea Prevention Tips
Check Your Pets
If you have pets, then you are more likely to have a problem with fleas. That is why you should check your pets every time that they spend time outside. Fleas are thin and flat. They look a lot like tiny black specks. You can check for fleas by running a comb through your pet’s fur. If you notice fleas on your pet, then you should give him or her a bath.
There are shampoos that are specifically designed to remove fleas and ticks. The warm water can also be soothing. If your pet has a problem with fleas, then you may want to take him or her to the vet. A veterinarian can recommend a treatment that will not only treat fleas, but it will also keep the fleas from coming back.
Many people are skeptical about using flea treatments. However, they are safe and extremely effective. You will have to make sure that you follow all of the instructions in order to safely use this product.
Maintain a Clean Home
Like all other pests, fleas are more likely to live in an unclean environment. That is why it is important to clean your home on a regular basis. The immature fleas can often be found in carpet. You should vacuum your home at least once a week. After you are done vacuuming, you should dump the contents into the trash can. You should also change the vacuum cleaner bags on a regular basis.
Fleas can also hide behind furniture, bed and closet floors. Make sure that you also clean those areas.
Keep Your Yard Clean
Keeping your yard clean is just as important as keeping the home clean. Keeping the grass and bushes trimmed will make your yard less appealing to feral dogs, cats and wildlife. These animals can often bring fleas. If you choose to plant shrubs, then you should keep them away from your home.
If you need help with flea protection and prevention, then you should contact the Greater Mosquito Squad of Greater Charleston.