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27 August

5 Signs of a Flea Problem

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The most obvious sign of a flea problem is when your pets are continuously scratching themselves. Long Islanders begin to report flea infestations late August and all of September.  Pets aren’t the only thing that brings fleas into a home. Mice and other rodents also can carry these pests. Fleas can live inside a warm house year-round no matter where you live.

When you see adult fleas, chances are you’ve got hundreds of flea eggs in your home. A fleas’ egg hatches in 7 to 14 days and your infestation continues.  Let Suburban Exterminating help you to get rid of your flea problem. Call today for a free inspection (631) 864-6900 | (516) 864-6900.

All fleas are parasites that feed on blood.

5 Signs of a Flea Problem

  1. Your pets – dogs and cats – are continually scratching themselves.  Fleas seem to end up on the hind quarters of dogs and the head & neck of cats.
  2. You’re beginning to see a salt and pepper-looking mixture where your pet sleeps.  It could be flea eggs and digested blood from adult fleas.
  3. Look for adult fleas crawling on your pet, scabs caused by flea bites and small black to rust-colored dandruff flakes. Adult fleas are tiny only 2.5 mm in length – a grain of rice is about 6.0 mm.
  4. Because fleas travel from pets to humans, you may find little red, itchy welts from flea bites on yourself or your family members.
  5. Most difficult to spot are flea eggs, larvae and pupae. Flea larvae are tiny and greyish-white in color.  

While fleas are primarily an itchy annoyance, they can cause flea allergy dermatitis, transfer tapeworms and in rare cases, transmit bubonic plague if they've fed on an infected rodent. Fleas on your pet may cause them to lose hair and experience other skin problems.

Fun fact? Fleas can jump up to eight feet, which is 150 times their own height.

 

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