What are fleas?
Fleas are tiny bugs which reproduce quickly, making them very difficult to get rid of. The bite of a flea are itchy and sometimes painful. Sometimes professional pest control treatment may be required.
Fleas doesn’t only affect people with pets, your yard can potentially be a sanctuary to fleas.
Fleas don’t grow much larger than the tip of a pen. They may be light brown or almost black in colour. To move from place to place, they normally jump because they are wingless.
They have thin, flat bodies and hard shells, making them difficult to kill, unless you squeeze them between fingernails or two hard surfaces to kill them.
The most assured way of getting rid of a flea is with a pesticide treatment.
What fleabites look like
Fleabites remain small, unlike mosquito bites. If a flea bites you, you may notice:
- a red “halo” around the bite center
- bites that appear as small, red bumps
- bites in groups of three or four, or in a straight line
- bites appear around the ankles or legs
Fleabites are also common around the waist, armpits, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees.
Symptoms of a fleabite
A person may notice the following symptoms around the bite site:
- very itchy
- skin around each bite may become sore or painful.
- develop a rash near the site of a bite.
Avoid scratching no matter how itchy it gets. Scratching can further damage the skin leading to a secondary bacterial infection.
How to detect flea infestation in your house
Pet owners are mostly exposed to flea infestation. Apart from humans, fleas prefer to live on your pet dog, cat, or other furry animals. If the population grows, fleas can branch out and begin living in carpets, bedding, or your yard.
To detect a flea infestation, try walking on your carpet wearing white socks. Examine your socks afterward. If you see tiny black bugs, those are likely fleas.
You Could still have fleabites even without owning a pet
For those who don’t have a pet, fleabites could be coming from their yard or another person’s animal.
Fleas prefer tall grass and shaded areas near decks, woodpiles, or storage buildings.
Just as pet owners have to treat their homes if they become infested, getting rid of an outdoor flea infestation may require you to consult a pest control expert for yard treatment.
It is possible for fleabites to resolve on their own without treatment. However, you have to stop being bitten if you must stop the fleas. Your pet and your home will require pesticides treatment to destroy the fleas. Professional pest control experts should administer these treatments.
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You will need to leave your home for several hours after the treatment has been deployed.
Try over-the-counter anti-itch creams and antihistamine drug to relieve the symptoms of fleabites.