weeding, mowing, grilling on the barbecue, or just sitting on your patio enjoying the sunshine. The next day you notice little red bites that itch. You don’t remember seeing mosquitoes or any other bugs around that could be the possible culprit.
You, my friend, may have had contact with fleas! Even if you do not own any pets, your lawn could still be home to this pest. Fleas prefer tall grass and shaded areas near decks, woodpiles, or storage buildings. Just as pet owners have to treat their homes if they become infested, getting rid of an outdoor flea infestation may require you to treat your yard.
The real problem is when you have fleas in your house. They hitch a ride
on your pet from the yard, reproduce quickly, and now you have a whole bunch of unwanted visitors! They prefer to live on your pet dog or cat, but they can also take up residence on another animal, or even you. If the population grows, fleas can branch out and begin living in carpets, bedding, or couches. A bad flea infestation can be very obvious. Try walking on your carpet wearing white socks. Look at your socks afterward. If you see tiny black bugs, those are likely fleas.
Fleas are tiny bugs. They don’t grow much larger than the tip of a pen, and they range from light brown to almost black in color. They don’t have wings so they get around by jumping from place to place with their 6 powerful legs. Their bodies are also covered in hair that serves to root them to the host. Their thin, flat bodies and hard shells make it easier for them to travel through the fur of your pets but also mean you often need to squeeze them between fingernails or two hard surfaces to kill them. Even then, where there is one, many often follow.
They’re also almost impossible to get rid of without a pesticide treatment.
Flea bites are pretty distinctive. They remain small, unlike mosquito bites. If a
flea bites you, you may see one or more of the following:
bites that itch and appear as small, red bumps
a red “halo” around the bite center
skin around each bite may become sore or painful
bites in groups of three or four, or in a straight line
bites that appear around the ankles or legs
may experience hives or develop a rash near the site of a bite
Healthy Homes provides professional flea treatments and can treat up to
ten feet from your home at no extra charge. If you’re not certain it’s fleas, you can call us and we can help you determine what you’re dealing with. Call us today to answer any questions or to schedule an appointment.