If you have pets, chances are you also have fleas in the house. If not, consider yourself lucky because these annoying little insects tend to stay when they first move in. This is why you should protect your home against fleas by preventing them from entering in the first place. Fleas don’t transmit diseases very often, so they aren’t really that dangerous to your family and your pets, but fleas in the house can make life a living hell. There is no question in my mind that flea bites on humans and pets are some of the most frustrating things to deal with and that’s why I made this website. To teach everyone how to get rid of them and prevent them from coming back. As a bonus, you will also learn how to protect your home against ticks. They can be quite dangerous to your family and your pets because of the diseases they carry, but luckily many flea treatment products also work against ticks.
If you want to get rid of fleas in the house or fleas in the yard, you need to know more about them. There are many different types of fleas, but they are usually two or three mm long and either brown or reddish. They feed on animals by sucking the blood out of them. In the early stages, before they become adult fleas, they feed on flea dirt or flea droppings from fully grown fleas. They can remain in their cocoons for a whole year and won’t wake up until they feel the vibrations as someone walks by. This means that a flea infestation can be on pause for a whole year in an empty house, and wake up when someone move in.
Most fleas in the house are pet fleas, but there are also human fleas that live of human blood. These are pretty rare; usually the fleas you see just bite and then jump right off. Human fleas are mostly seen in agriculture where they feed on pigs. If you get too close, they will jump onto you and start biting and feeding. You can feel them crawling all over your body and the flea bites will start itching. Pet fleas will mostly bite you on your hands and arms when you’re in contact with your pet, or on your feet and ankles. If you pick up a blanket which your pet rests on, the fleas will often also jump up and bite you. Places where your dog or cat sleeps are usually the ones with the most fleas and flea eggs.
How to spot flea bites and fleas in the house
Flea bites don’t necessarily hurt, but they can itch, which is uncomfortable enough as it is. They look like small clusters of spots with a red area around them. Fleas usually bite several times in one area to see if they can find blood. Other insect bites typically leave swelling around the area, but this is not the case with flea bites, or at least not much, unless it’s caused by an allergic reaction. Some people and pets suffer from flea allergy and they react much worse to flea bites than others. Pay attention to your kids if they get bitten, which might happen a lot because they are closer to the floor and more susceptible to flea bites.
One thing you can be sure about, no matter how many flea bites you get, is that your pets are more affected by fleas in the house than you are. You can only do so much to protect your home against fleas and it’s almost impossible to be flea-free all the time. The best way to prevent a serious flea infestation is by spotting it fast. I always use a flea comb on my dog, especially during flea season, to catch the fleas before they are dragged into our home, and I haven’t had fleas in the house for many years now.
Protect your home against fleas
When you have discovered a flea infestation in your home, you need to do anything you can to make their stay as unpleasant as possible. Vacuum everything daily, including floors, carpets, furniture and so on. You need to wash everything that has been in contact with your pets, like bedding, blankets and pillows. You should also consider using a flea bomb if you have many fleas in the house or spraying all surfaces and carpets with flea spray. Figure out how bad the situation is first and then take appropriate measures to get rid of the fleas.
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