Think about controlling fleas and you probably already feel it tickle in your body. Understandable, because fleas are annoying little creatures you’d rather not have anything to do with. Not only do they crawl on your pets to feast on a bloody meal, they also regularly jump over to the people in the house. The result? Flea bites that can cause not only itching, but also an allergic reaction or other physical complaints to the human body. Do you suspect that you have fleas in your house? Don’t wait a second and contact a professional pest control professional who will solve the flea problem quickly, professionally and effectively.
How do you recognise flea bites?
Before you start controlling fleas, it is important to know whether you are really dealing with these little ticklers. After all, they could be bedbugs or other vermin. What exactly are the symptoms of a flea infection? In humans, you can recognise a flea bite because they often remain small, in contrast to a mosquito bite, which expands a bit on you skin. Are you bitten by a flea? Then you can recognise one or more of the following points:
- Bites that appear as small, red bumps
- A red ring around the centre of the bite
- Small groups of three or four bites or single bites in a straight line
- Bite around the ankles or legs.
Flea bites are also common around the waist, armpits, chest, crotch or in the creases of elbows and knees.
Is a pet the victim? Then you can recognise a plague of fleas, among other things:
- Abnormal amount of scratching, licking and/or biting
- Becoming red spots
- Hair loss.
Symptoms of a flea bite
There are some similarities in the symptoms of a flea bite that allow you to assign it to a flea with some certainty. A flea bite itches. The bite of this itchy little creature is often much worse than that of a mosquito and the skin around the bite often becomes a bit painful. It is also not uncommon for your rash to develop around the bite.
Don’t scratch your skin when you filling the itch. If your do, there is a major chance that you will further damage your own skin and even run the risk of infection or a nasty scar. Try not to scratch and keep an eye on the areas where you have been bitten. Do you see blisters or other signs that you are not doing well? Then call a doctor immediately.
Flea control? This is the enemy
Controlling fleas starts with knowing the little enemy. Fleas are small insects that often do not grow much bigger than the tip of a pen and are light brown to black coloured. Fleas have no wings, but jump from place to place. The thin, flat bodies are well armoured and it is therefore very difficult to crush a flea. Between your nails or two hard surfaces it may still succeed, but even then more will undoubtedly follow. Fleas reproduce very fast: The life cycle of the most common fleas takes about five weeks and a female flea lays about 24 to 48 eggs a day. After two to five days, the larvae hatch, wrap themselves in a cocoon and wait until the conditions are right for them to hatch.
How do you recognise a flea infestation?
Do you suspect that there are fleas in the house? Then there are a few ways to recognise infection so that you can take further steps:
- Set a flea trap – There are several flea traps on the market that you set in the evening to check the next morning. A pest controller will often be able to supply similar traps as well;
- Inspect baskets, beds and rugs – Look for the signs of fleas in the baskets of dogs or cats, beds and rugs. Often you will be able to recognise both the faeces and the actual fleas;
- Try the white-socks test – Flea comes off on body heat. Put on a pair of high white socks and shuffle slowly through your carpet or other places where you suspect fleas. The fleas will jump on the socks in an attempt to bite where you can easily find them afterwards.
How can you control fleas yourself?
Pet owners often go to the vet or drugstore for flea control in order to stop the infection of their furry friends. Often this really doesn’t address the source of the infection and using the same treatment for humans is not a good idea.
Vacuuming well is an excellent starting point, but keep in mind that this has to be done very thoroughly. After all, missed fleas can multiply at a very rapid rate and then flea control can start all over again. Keep in mind that in many cases the fleas are also in your garden, so don’t skip it.
Do you want to be absolutely sure of the most effective way of controlling fleas? If so, have a pest exterminator do this at all times.