Is This a Flea Bite?

Contrary to what we may believe (or at least hope), fleas don’t just enjoy biting dogs. Humans are also a common target, resulting in itchy, potentially painful bites. By becoming familiar with fleas and their bite/bite symptoms, you can quickly confirm their presence and contract Action Pest Exterminating for professional flea control near Charlotte


What Is a Flea?

Fleas are tiny – as in, not much bigger than the tip of a pencil. Also, these wingless bugs, whose jumping ability is the stuff of legend, range in color from light brown to near-black. One of a flea’s chief annoying traits is its thin, flat body, which is encased in a hard shell. This makes it difficult to kill a flea simply by pressing one between your thumb and forefinger, or flicking it off your arm. Fleas need to be squeezed between two hard surfaces (or two fingernails), or stomped on. Moreover, eradicating a flea population is virtually impossible without professional assistance. 

Of course, like most bugs, fleas are prolific breeders. Where there’s one, there’s more, especially if you own pets. But as mentioned in the intro, fleas will proliferate with or without an animal nearby, reproducing by the dozen in your yard or home. 


What Does a Flea Bite Look Like?

Fleabites are easily recognizable by their small, red bumps that appear on the skin in small clusters or in a straight line. Unlike mosquito bites, flea bite bumps stay tiny, and oftentimes a red “halo” will appear around the center of the bite. As for where on the human body a flea bite is most likely to occur, the legs and ankles are easily the most common. However, if you garden, play in the grass with pets or children, or are an active hiker/outdoorsman, it’s not unusual for fleabites to appear on the torso, in the armpits, or within the folds of the knees/elbows. 


Symptoms Of a Flea Bite

Fleabites aren’t just unsightly to look at – they’re also accompanied by a few bothersome symptoms. Chief among these is extreme itchiness, with the skin surrounding the bite possibly becoming sore or painful. Consistent scratching of a flea bite can cause skin damage, leading to a rash – or worse, a bacterial infection. A rash could be a sign of a potential infection, as well as white-topped blisters. 


How an Exterminator Can Help

As soon as you become aware of fleas in/around your home, you should call our nearby exterminators right away. Our first step will be to pinpoint the source of the flea infestation, which usually extends beyond a pet’s fur and into things like bedding, carpet, rugs, and the yard. Depending on the extent of the problem, you may need to wash your bedding (and your pet’s) in hot water and then dry it on the highest heat setting to increase the chance of killing any leftover fleas. In the meantime, our team will formulate a solution that could involve steps like heavy-duty carpet cleaning and the use of insecticides. 


Get a Jump On Your Flea Problem

Don’t let fleas ruin your day, or your pet’s. Action Pest Exterminating serves Charlotte home and business owners with fast, inexpensive, effective flea treatment to ensure these erstwhile pests never trouble you again. Contact us today and let’s talk solutions.