These tiny terrors aggravate people and their pets with their itchy, painful bites. Fleas account for more than half of the dermatological conditions requiring veterinary assistance and even a single flea bite can be intensely irritating. Bites tend to be concentrated on the lower legs but can also occur elsewhere. Some bite victims also suffer from allergic dermatitis characterized by intense itching, hair loss, reddening of the skin and secondary infection. Cat fleas, the most common type of flea found in our area, may also be an intermediary host of dog tapeworms to animals and murine typhus to humans.
What are it’s identifying characteristics?
Adult fleas are small, dark-colored, wingless insects that are flattened from side to side. The most commonly encountered flea is the cat flea or Ctenocephalides felix. It has an incredibly tough body and it is difficult to kill a flea just by squeezing between the fingers.
Adult fleas feed exclusively on the blood of animals and people.
Flea larvae like to hide in dark areas close to the ground, like carpets. Eggs are commonly found on or near pet’s resting areas. Adult fleas prefer to live on the host animal.
In addition to their annoying, itchy bites, fleas also spread diseases by serving as a vector for disease producing organisms. Fleas transmit diseases to both people and pets such as dermatitis, murine typhus, plague and tapeworm.
Call us. Let us assess your situation. With the proper treatment and chemicals we can get your situation under control and eliminate the fleas.
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