How To Get Rid Of Fleas

When it comes to problematic, even dangerous household pests, you would have to put the flea right near the top of the list. While there are several different options available to you, in terms of learning how to get rid of fleas, the sad reality is that there are several dangers and considerations that must be kept in mind, as well.

At best, fleas are capable of presenting a steady annoyance to yourself, your family, your pets, and your household as a whole. At worst, they can cause a variety of mild-to-serious problems. In order to deal with fleas in a proactive, meaningful way, there are several things you are going to want to keep in mind.

Fleas

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You can also identify the flea by the Latin name Order Siphonaptera. The typical adult flea is going to be a small, wingless creature that can measure approximately 2.5. millimeters in length. The body of an adult flea can be best described as shiny, with a reddish brown to the color of their bodies. If you were to examine a flea up close, one of the first things you would notice would be the microscopic hairs that can be found all throughout their bodies. There is a certain degree of compression to their size, which allows them to move through animal fur with relative ease.

An adult flea is a type of parasite. It draws its food source from the blood of other living creatures, while the larvae are known to feed on organic debris. You can often find larvae receiving sustenance from the feces of adulthood-level fleas. This is because the feces of adulthood fleas often contains blood.

Generally speaking, in terms of where fleas prefer to eat, you’ll want to focus on the hairy animals. This list can include a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a squirrel, a mouse, a rat, a mouse, or any other wild/domesticated animal along similar lines. While they are not inherently drawn to humans, fleas can still cause a variety of problems for human beings. If a significant flea infestation occurs in your home, there is no question that you are going to be aware of it.

Although fleas do not have wings, they are more than capable of jumping significant distances.

One thing to remember with fleas is that their eggs do not hatch on hosts. Rather, you will find that female fleas prefer to lay their eggs in such locations as rugs, carpets, bedding, upholstery, or even cracks in the floor of your home. While there are several elements to the life cycle of fleas that you may want to study in further detail, it is important to remember that flea eggs tend to hatch within a period of a couple of days. This is one of the reasons why flea infestations can occur so unexpectedly. If you happen to own more than one hairy pet, infestations can be downright debilitating to the overall functionality and comfort of your home.

Since fleas tend to rely on blood meals from their hosts to survive, they tend to come into the home through your pets. They can also arrive through any creature that meets the mammal requirements for fleas.

Flea Bites

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Flea bites tend to be itchy. In some cases, they can even be painful. Remember that fleas can and will bite humans, although people do not seem to be their ideal source of food. If you find yourself dealing with mysterious bites, there is a very good chance that you have flea bites. If you do not have pets, but spend more than a few minutes outdoors every day, you are just as susceptible to flea bites as someone who actually owns pets.

One element to a flea bite that differentiates it from something like a mosquito bite is the fact that flea bites do not get bigger. Small, reddish bumps are common for those who are bitten by fleas. Red halos around bite areas are also fairly standard with flea bites. You can find flea bites in groupings of around three or four. It is also possible to see these flea bites in straight lines. Finally, keep in mind the long list of places on your body in which you can find these flea bites. Waists, armpits, breasts, or groins are all potential places in which to find these bites. However, the most likely spots will be your ankles and/or your legs. The folds of your elbows or folds of your knees can also feature these flea bites.

While the symptoms of flea bites on people are generally not serious, there are several things worth noting. For example, keep in mind that excessive itching of your flea bites can lead to infections. If you find your flea bites sprouting white-topped blisters, you may want to consult a doctor.

Flea bites naturally begat flea-borne diseases. While these diseases tend not to be a problem for human beings, they can be absolutely devastating towards your four-legged friends. Some of the most common flea-borne diseases associated with flea bites include the plague, flea-borne typhus, bartonellosis, flea tapeworms, and tungiasis. Anemia and/or a substantial iron deficiency are additional consequences that can arise through flea bites.

Fleas On Dogs

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When it comes to fleas on dogs, the subject is well worth covering on its own terms. There are a couple of different ways in which your dog can come into contact with fleas. The first way is through exposure to the wild. The second way is by coming into contact with other animals, including other dogs, cats, or any wildlife that might be susceptible to fleas. Strong back legs give fleas the ability to easily move from one dog to your dog, or whatever the case might be. If you notice your dog itching itself more than usual, the odds of a flea infestation with your dog are significant.

As you can imagine, you are going to want to deal with fleas and your dog as quickly as possible. Failure to do so can lead to a range of problems. If your dog is particularly sensitive to fleas and flea bites, or if they are in fact allergic to fleas and flea bites, the itchiness can become severe enough to cause actual hair loss in your pet. In addition to this, dogs who are sensitive/allergic to flea bites can also find themselves becoming highly inflamed around the bites. Secondary skin infections are also possible with these dogs.

In fact, some dogs are so sensitive to flea bites, a single flea bite can cause severe itchiness all across their bodies.

Although this may not sound like a good thing, it is somewhat useful that fleas tend to be easy to find on your dogs. It is not unreasonable to check the fur/skin of your dog for small creatures scurrying along. The number of fleas you can find on your dog can vary considerably from case to the next. Flea dirt exists in the form of darkish specks across the skin of the dog. This “dirt” is actually feces that contains blood. If you notice these specks, have them placed on damp paper towels. Should these specks begin spreading out like small blood stains, there is no question at this point that your poor dog has fleas! If you have more than one dog, then you will definitely want to check the rest of them at this point.

You certainly want to deal with these fleas as quickly as possible. Thankfully, as far as flea treatments for dogs are concerned, there are tons of things you can try.

Fleas On Humans

We have already covered flea bites on humans to a significant degree. Keeping in mind all of the items mentioned above, there are a few more things on the subject of fleas on humans that are worth appreciating in greater detail.

Ultimately, fleas will get their food source from wherever they can find it. Although pets deal with fleas to a far greater degree, with the dangers being considerably more severe, as well, humans should still exercise a certain amount of wariness in dealing with fleas and flea bites.

In the event that you are the recipient of a flea bite, have the impacted area cleaned as quickly as possible? Once you have washed the bite properly and completely, have an antiseptic applied to the area or areas in question. Finally, consider applying an icepack. What you do not want to do is scratch the area or areas. As mentioned before, doing so can lead to a number of infections, in addition to more pronounced, almost maddening levels of discomfort or even pain. There are a number of lotions that can help to soothe impacted areas. You may also want to talk to your doctor about antihistamines.

In the event the flea bite excretes puss, you will want to contact your doctor at once.

In the end, while you want to treat those who have been impacted by flea bites, you are still going to want to eliminate fleas from your home. You may also want to take steps to reduce the potential for fleas to appear and breed in outdoor areas most immediate to your actual house.

How to Remove Fleas?

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In terms of home remedies for fleas, there are a few options you can consider. You can make your own flea collar with three-to-five drops of cedar or lavender oil, one-to-three tablespoons of water, and a bandanna. Your dog’s collar can also work. A good flea collar is a great way to prevent fleas on an ongoing basis. Best of all, there are natural methods for creating them.

Believe it or not, but you can actually wipe out the fleas in your home with dish washing liquid. All you need to do is combine dish washing liquid with dinner plates (bowls are good, too), some tea candles, and some warm water. Explore this possibility in greater detail. Keep in mind that this remedy can work wonders on infestations of varying sizes. However, if you’re dealing with a particularly nasty infestation, you will want to use this formula for three or four consecutive nights. Combining your dishwashing liquid with your warm water in your plate/bowl, you will set up the tea candle as a means of attracting the fleas to your trap. In the morning, simply dispose of the corpses.

The salt remedy remains a popular example of home remedies for fleas. Table salt is good for this, but really, you can generate the results you desire with any sea salt. Just keep in mind that you’re going to need a lot! Making sure the salt is very finely grounded, you’re going to add it to a big spice bottle that features a shaker top. Next, cover the impacted areas as evenly as possible. You’re going to need to leave this salt on the area or areas for a little while. In many cases, twelve hours should do the trick. However, in the more severe cases, you may need as many as forty-eight hours.

It may also be prudent to have your pets quarantined. You should also keep in mind that a good way to test for fleas on your carpets, your rug, or on any other area of concern is to wear white socks. Simply wear a pair of white socks across the area you are concerned about. If fleas are a problem, your white socks will definitely reflect that.

If you want to use a natural flea comb on your dog, consider getting one fresh, sliced up lemon. Combine this lemon with a single pot of fresh water, and then get your hands on a comb, a brush, or anything you know your dog is going to be comfortable with. Boiling your water, throw in that sliced up lemon, and then cover the pot. Give the mixture a night to steep properly. Once it has steeped and cooled, dip your pet comb/brush/etc in the mixture, and then run it gently through the hair of your pet.

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