Go Green Pest Solutions Customer With Flea Bites on Foot and Leg

Get Rid of Those Fleas

Posted on August 9, 2015 · Posted in fleas, pest control

Fleas can be a real problem for homeowners – even if you do not own a dog or a cat. The picture above is a picture of a customer’s foot. I did this job recently and  thought it would be good to provide some information about fleas in our area of New Jersey. Fleas can be a serious problem!

It’s hot and fleas love NJ heat and humidity. Fleas feed on the blood of their hosts. A host can be a dog, cat, or even you! These little bugs have three pairs of legs that allows them to jump up to 2 feet. So that is way we often see the bites on feet, legs and arms.

Many of my customers are surprised when I tell them they have fleas in their homes because they do not own a dog or cat.  I tell them that common household pests, such as mice, can bring fleas into the home. The fact is that whether you have pets or not, fleas can be a major pain and problem.

First you need to identify that you have fleas which is not always easy.  A flea is only 2.5 mm or 0.098 inches. Not too big. Many people do not realize they have fleas until they see the bites. Flea bites are red and raised bumps and usually have a bit of a red halo around them. As shown in the featured image, they also tend to appear in clusters on feet, legs or arms.

Fleas in Homes with Pets

For every flea you see (or don’t see) on your pet, there could be hundreds of eggs and larvae in your home and yard. The larvae are pale white and about 3 mm long. Fleas are often lurking in pet bedding, carpets, and along the edges of furniture. Even if you do not have carpeting, they can burrow in between the planks of flooring.

Make sure to keep your pet’s bedding clean and wash it often. And if that’s an issue, try using a pet bed sheet from our friends at PawSheets. The pet bed covers are easy to remove, wash and replace so you can kill eggs before they hatch.

Fleas Carry and Transmit Diseases

As fleas feed on the blood of their host, they can spread disease. Some of these diseases are plague, typhus, tapeworm, tularemia and tungiasis. Humans and pets can also have a sensitivity to flea bites and show allergic reactions such as severe dermatitis. Inhaling flea dropping can also cause an asthma type reaction.

Control and Remove Fleas

When dealing with a flea problem, you need to treat the inside and the outside of  your home. There are over-the-counter products you can try  and they can be effective for you home. However, the most effective way to solve this problem quickly and thoroughly, is to contact a pest control professional.

And if your pet has a fleas problem, best treatment is to contact your veterinarian.

If you have any questions about fleas, mice and other pest problems, contact me – Tom Watson, Go Green Pest Solutions, Vernon, NJ or call 973-510-0673.