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How To Get Rid of Fleas

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Fleas are tiny, wingless bugs that jump from host to host. These insects thrive in temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees and humidity levels between 75% to 85%. They usually live on warm vertebrates, so your dog, cat, rabbit and even you can be their host. February

How To Get Rid of Fleas

Fleas can be a menace when they invade a home and its inhabitants because they bite to feed on blood from their host. The risk of contracting other diseases from flea bites in humans is small but scratching the bites too often opens up the skin, which might cause a secondary infection.

If you have a four-legged fury companion in the house, flea bites can cause severe itching on your pet. This may then lead to hair loss, inflammation, or a secondary skin infection. Some pets are quite sensitive to fleas, so much so that the saliva from one bite causes them to itch all over.

How To Tell If You Have a Flea Problem:

Before proceeding to treat flea bites or utilize solutions to rid your home of these pests, you need to first find out whether you have a flea problem. The good news is that fleas are easy to identify. They can be seen jumping from place to place, especially in areas close to a breeding ground. Dogs tend to scratch their ears more often when their fur is infested with fleas. You can also spot these insects by inspecting your pet’s fur, underbelly, or inner thighs.

When fleas bite the human skin, they leave behind small and raised reddish bumps that itch and can sometimes be painful. These bites often appear in large clusters, and in some cases, they form a red “halo” around the center. Common sites to find flea bites include the ankles, crooks of the elbows, arms, legs, and feet.

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A good way to confirm flea bites is by inspecting the skin for dark specks that appear as scattered pepper. Also known as “flea dirt”, these dark specs are actually flea feces. You can inspect these specs by placing them on a piece of tissue or paper towel. If they spread out like bloodstains, then this confirms the presence of fleas.

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