An infestation of any pest will drive a homeowner crazy. Fleas, however, can present an extra challenge. They are one of the smallest pests around and can make their way into several different areas around the house. Owning pets can present an additional challenge, but more on that soon. The key to handling a flea infestation is knowing how to identify the early stages of one. The sooner you act, the better off you’ll be.
Of course, seeing fleas around the home is a pretty good sign that you may have an infestation on your hands. However, you’ll want to know what to look for. Fleas are so small that they appear as tiny black dots to the naked eye. So, if you see little black specks jumping around your furniture or carpet, you know you have fleas. Dark furniture can make them a bit hard to spot, so be wary of them when sitting on or cleaning the couch. Drapes and curtains are other places you might find fleas on the move.
Check Your Pets
As mentioned, pets very much meet the stereotype of being flea carriers. Pets, especially dogs, can bring them indoors after playing outside for a while. Additionally, if fleas are already inside, they’ll be drawn to your pet’s fur, since they can burrow under it for cover. To check your pet for fleas, lightly run a small comb through their fur so that you can clearly see their skin. If you see black dots everywhere, they have fleas. You’ll want to check your pet if they are excessively itching or scratching their skin.
Flea bites are not exclusive to pets. They will certainly jump from a surface or your pet’s skin onto your body if given the opportunity. You’ll know if you were bitten by a flea if you see tiny red bites on your body that are itchy and show signs of becoming a rash. If fleas bite enough in one area, swelling can occur, as well. Just as you would take caution with your pet over fleas, make sure to watch out for yourself too.
Talk to the Pros
If you find yourself dealing with a frustrating flea infestation, don’t panic. The team at Superior Pest Solutions is here to help. Locally owned and operated for over 30 years, we are committed to finding you the right solution. Contact Superior Pest Solutions today to get started.