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Fleas are tiny, bloodsucking parasites that can feed on your dog or cat. Flea bites are very itchy and can even be a health risk for pets — these tiny pests can even infest your home! Legion Pest Management, the Southern California flea control experts, have prepared a guide to help you fight fleas.
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What Fleas Look Like
Fleas are about the size of a grain of rice (1/16 to 1/8 inch long). They’re a dark, reddish-brown and can be easily mistaken for specks of dirt. If you look closely at a flea, you’ll notice its body is covered in many spines and hairs. Fleas also have long, strong back legs, which are well-adapted for jumping.
How to Prevent a Flea Infestation
Fleas may attach to your pet while it’s outside and then infest its fur. When your pet comes back indoors, it will bring the fleas into your home. The fleas then infest your carpet, your pet’s sleeping area, and other parts of your home.To prevent an infestation, use flea control products on your pets every month. These products range from topical to oral medications, so you can ask your veterinarian to recommend the right product for your pet.
How to Get Rid of Fleas
Flea infestations are less common than they used to be, thanks to effective flea control products. However, if fleas do manage to invade your home, there are steps you can take to eliminate them. Vacuum your carpet thoroughly, then steam clean or shampoo it to guarantee all the fleas and larvae are gone. Infested bedding, clothing, and similar items can be laundered and then dried on high heat to kill fleas. Call your vet to see if they have a flea shampoo they’d recommend for your pet as well.
Pest control professionals can apply insecticides to control fleas indoors. Since flea eggs can hatch for one month after a treatment, a second treatment may be needed. Be patient, and you can reclaim your home from the fleas.
Fleas can cause serious problems for pets and people, but they can be controlled. For help preventing or controlling fleas, you can rely on the Southern California flea control specialists at Legion Pest Management.