Fleas are, unfortunately, a common pest. Though they mainly affect pets that can go indoors and out, they can cause problems for you and your family. The most common flea infestation plaguing American homes and their domestic animals is the cat flea.

Signs of a Flea Infestation in Animals

This pest can be difficult to spot because they are small and move very fast. Your animal will likely be the first to experience the symptoms of fleas, including:

  • Droppings or “flea dirt” in a dog’s coat
  • Flea eggs on dog or in dog’s environment
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Excessive scratching, licking or biting at skin
  • Hair loss
  • Scabs and hot spots
  • Pale gums
  • Tapeworms

What Causes a Flea Infestation?

Fleas lay their eggs on a host, often a dog or cat, where they hatch and reproduce again. The parasitic pest ends up in other areas when the eggs roll off onto carpets, couches, and pet bedding. And they breed fast. One adult flea can lay as many as 20 eggs per day and the eggs typically hatch within two to 14 days!

Are Fleas Dangerous?

Fleas are dangerous to animals, but they also cause trouble for humans. Their bites can cause itchy, red bumps that lead to excessive scratching. They can also cause conditions such as anemia and flea allergy dermatitis and can transfer tapeworms.

How Can You Get Rid of Fleas?

A large infestation of fleas can be difficult and time-consuming to eradicate, so it should be left to licensed pest professionals to handle. Simply call Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape, your neighborhood lawn and pest care company serving Lafayette, Indiana.

Need Help with Fleas?

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