How to Check for Fleas
In order to avoid a flea problem, it’s important to know how to recognize their presence:
- Strange pet behavior. Excessive scratching, reddened skin, hair loss, pale gums, and welts or bumps from bites all point to flea problems.
- Adult fleas. Fleas are just ⅛” and reddish-brown in color. On your pet, they look like dot-like bugs hidden in the hind legs, head, or neck.
- Flea dirt. Flea feces (called flea dirt) looks similar to coarse black pepper.
- Flea larvae or eggs. Larvae look like minuscule white worms that are about 2-5 mm long with pale hairs covering their bodies.
Flea Control Tips & Tricks
Whether you have fleas in your home or want to prevent them, here are our top prevention tips:
- Take your pets to the vet. Flea control products can safeguard your cats and dogs from fleas, which will effectively keep them out of your home.
- Prevent nuisance wildlife. Raccoons, opossums, deer, cattle, foxes, and skunks can all carry fleas and deposit flea eggs and larvae into your yard.
- Wash bedding frequently. Run your pet’s bedding, laundry, sheets, and more through a hot wash.
- Vacuum your home thoroughly. Vacuum all areas of the home including upholstery, and always carefully dispose of vacuum bags.