Flea Identification & Prevention

What Are Fleas?

The flea is one of the most common pests you’ll find living on animals with fur. Adult fleas are tiny, wingless insects that are dark brown and only grow to about the size of a speck of dirt. Their bodies appear flattened from side to side and they have large hind legs they use for jumping. While there may be around 300 species of fleas living in the United States, the most common is the cat flea. Despite their descriptive name, cat fleas feed on a variety of hosts including cats, dogs, rodents, wild animals, and even people.

Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas pose a danger to both people and pets. They use their powerful hind legs to move through the fur of their host, and use their modified mouthparts to pierce the skin and suck out their blood. A flea bite appears as a small red spot that is encircled by a reddish halo. If a person or animal is allergic to flea saliva, they may develop allergic dermatitis which is very itchy and uncomfortable. Constant itching can cause a secondary infection that requires medical attention. Pets and animals severely infested with fleas may become anemic, making them weak and ill. Additionally, these blood-feeding pests are responsible for spreading diseases and are intermediate hosts for parasitic tapeworms.

Why do I have a flea problem?

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How can I prevent fleas in the future?

Keep biting fleas out of your Dallas Metro area home or business with the help of the following prevention tips:

  • Seal openings in the exterior of your home that may allow rodents and other wild animals to find their way inside.
  • Place all pets on a year-round flea control program under the guidance of their veterinarian.
  • Inspect the clothing of yourself and family members after spending time outside.
  • If you own pets, regularly bathe and groom them.
  • Keep your lawn cut short.
  • Regularly wash pet bedding and your family’s bedding.
  • Do not purchase used rugs and upholstered furniture for your home.
  • Vacuum your house regularly especially in areas where your pets spend the most time.
  • Trim back overgrown shrubs and bushes to allow the sun to hit the ground and dry out the soil.
  • Remove bird feeders and keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans and compost bins to reduce food sources for wild animals on your property.
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