As a leading bug exterminator serving Charlotte, Action Pest Exterminating has seen plenty of flea infestations, ranging from small to large and everywhere in-between. And though fleas, like most bugs are tiny, there are several telltale signs that your house might have a flea problem.
We often associate flea bites with pets, especially when the family dog spends a few hours a day scratching himself. But fleas have no issue with biting humans too, especially if these bugs have taken up in your carpet and upholstery. In such a case, it’s not uncommon for residents to find bites on their ankles after walking across the living room, or on their back after getting up from the couch. Moreover, fleas have a penchant for biting people during the night – they, like many other bugs, are attracted to the warmth of the human body. So if you awaken one morning to find small red marks on your arm, a flea infestation could be the cause.
Fleas are difficult to spot, but not impossible. Sometimes you’ll realize the need for insect control after making visible contact – for example, while you’re running a flea comb through your pet’s coat. The typical adult flea has a dark, flat body that measures 1mm – 3mm long. Fleas are wingless, but compensate for their lack of flight by using their six legs to jump impressive distances. Fleas also leave behind tiny granules of a white, red/brown, or black color whose size and composition is similar to salt and pepper. The white specks could be larvae, pupae, or eggs, while the other colors are indicative of flea droppings, which consist primarily of digested blood.
Loose Hair/Red Spots
Speaking of your pet’s coat and the regular grooming you provide, there are a couple of coat-specific warning signs that signal a flea treatment near Charlotte should be in your very near future. When interacting with your pet’s hair, be on the lookout for bald/balding spots and reddish, sensitive skin, as these symptoms are commonly associated with fleas. Both symptoms derive from your pet engaging in excessive scratching in an effort to rid the scalp of fleas. It’s interesting to note that while fleas often target the hindquarters of a dog, for cats the target zone is more in the head and neck region.
Scratching is the most well-known sign of a flea infestation. Of course, there are several reasons why your pet might decide to give itself a good scratch, but there’s a big difference between basic grooming/comfort and intense scratching that causes hair to shed and skin to inflame. To a lesser degree this is true for humans too, since many pets and people are allergic to flea bites. Too much scratching can lead to infection, so it’s important that you see your veterinarian if the scratching lasts for more than a day or two.
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Action Pest Exterminating is a leading provider of pest prevention and bug control, and we have a successful track record of flea-proofing North Carolina households. If you suspect that fleas might be afoot in your home, contact us today for an expert consultation.