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21 August

Dog Fleas, Cat Fleas, and Butterfly Dogs

Butterfly dog

I just couldn't resist the dog with the butterfly headdress! Like everyone else, I'm passionate about my pets! I don't like to see them itching like crazy!

Fleas (particularly cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, and dog fleas, Ctenocephalides canis) are in the insect order Siphonaptera. They have no wings and drink blood. Fleas can jump from pets to humans. Flea bites can be very itchy and can cause allergic reactions in some people.  Just like mosquitoes, fleas can transmit disease because their mouth’s pierce your skin and suck your blood.

Getting Rid of Dog Fleas or Cat Fleas

We often begin to get calls from pet owners in late August. Flea infestations continue into the fall. Fleas are tiny only 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch long. They can be black to reddish brown in color.

Adult fleas drink the blood of their host animals, usually cats and dogs, with their piercing-sucking mouthparts. Their spit is what irritates the animals, leaving a red spot where they drew blood. Flea bites are often seen in clusters or lines. Once inside your home, fleas lay eggs on your dog/cat and in its bedding. So, check their fur and bed!

The easiest way to control fleas is by vacuuming. As for treatment of your pet, there are many products available and treatment should be discussed with the pet’s veterinarian. Check your pet for fleas frequently. Other tips for control include giving your pet regular baths, keeping your grass cut short.  Rodents also carry fleas. If you’ve got mice or rats in your yard, you’ll want to get rid of these critters also!

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Suburban Exterminating offers a free inspection. We want to be sure to treat your home, your family and your pets in the best possible way.

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