Signs of a Flea Infestation
Identifying a flea infestation can often be simple, while eradicating their population proves much more difficult. Observe your pet’s behavior as a first step: if your pet is scratching excessively, you should examine his or her fur. Infested animals have reddened skin and may lose hair. The hind quarters of dogs and the head and neck of cats are most commonly targeted.
If insects can be seen visibly moving between hairs, or if red and black droppings are present on your pet’s skin, contact your veterinarian to discuss flea treatment options. If no insects are present but scratching persists, your veterinarian can also help identify other skin conditions which may be causing your pet’s discomfort.
Fleas are approximately 2.5 mm in length. Their bodies are flat and without wings. Their six legs are long and assist them in jumping great distances. Locating fleas in your pet’s fur does not reveal the true extent of the infestation. Eggs, larvae and pupae will also thrive within your home or yard and are difficult to see. Flea larvae are dirty-white in color and measure 3 to 5.2 mm in length.
Upon identifying an infestation, clean your home thoroughly and treat your pet with veterinarian-recommended products. Linens and pet beds should be washed. Contact your local pest control expert to discuss customized solutions for your home and extermination options.