WHAT ARE FLEAS?
There are nearly 2,000 species and subspecies of flea that live around the world. Dogs with fleas or cats with fleas are the most common household pets threatened, which choose warm, humid environments to live and feed on the blood of their victims. The flea is a small pest that measures one to three millimeters in length. They are nimble and quick to move, as they possess the ability to quickly jump 10,000 times in a row. All of this is made possible with the help of three pairs of legs that can catapult them into the air up to two feet.
SIGNS OF FLEAS
Becoming familiar with the following signs of a flea infestation can help you gain a quicker upper hand on fleas in your home :
• Droppings (also called “flea dirt”) on the coat of your pet
• Seeing flea eggs on pet or their sleeping quarters
• Allergic dermatitis
• Excessive scratching, licking or biting at skin
• Loss of hair
• Scabs and hot spots
• Pale gums
Fleas are a danger to puppies because they are able to consume 15 times their own body weight in blood, which can cause a young pet to become anemic over time. Puppies with parasitic anemia show signs, such as pale gums, cold body temperature and listlessness.
Some dogs possess a higher sensitivity to flea saliva. Just one bite can cause an allergic reaction known as flea allergy dermatitis. A pet may constantly itch and feel uncomfortable. Other signs include reddened skin, scabs, generalized hair loss, and hot spots. When left untreated, a flea allergy can lead to skin infections.
FLEA HOME REMEDIES
To drastically reduce the presence of fleas from your home, carpets, furniture, and pet bedding, all you need is a bit of perseverance and patience. With home remedies for fleas, you can enjoy safe alternatives to controlling these common pests in your household, as well as create a more comfortable environment for your pets. Home remedies for flea control to consider include:
a) Pieces of a Flea Collar:
To repel fleas from bedding, cut a flea collar into four separate pieces and place under your pet’s bed or under furniture cushions. Also, to kill fleas hopping around your vacuum cleaner bag, cut small pieces of flea collar and vacuum up.
b) Floor Washing:
Washing your floors with a lemon solution will keep fleas away. Combine the juice of four lemons (including the rinds) with two liters (or 1/2 gallon) of water .