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Getting Rid of Fleas + How To Keep Them Away

How To Identify Fleas

Left alone, fleas can cause a huge problem in your household. Not only can they jump around and quickly pass from place to place, infesting your home at speed, but they are also irritating to the skin, causing itchiness and redness – and of course, they bite too.

If you have fleas in your home, or you are concerned about the possibility of having fleas in the home, you will want to know what you can do to keep them at bay. In this post, we are going to take a look at this, and some related matters, in some detail.

How To Prevent Fleas

It is always better to prevent than to try and treat, so it’s a good idea to prevent fleas as best as you can before doing anything else

Fleas can be a problem all year round, but especially during the warmer months, and you need to keep vigilant if you are going to really effectively keep them out of your home. If you have pets in your home, then the most important thing you can do there is to ensure that you treat them for fleas regularly.

In most cases, this will mean applying a flea treatment once a month, but it does vary depending on the treatment so speak to your vet for more information on that. You should also wash your pet’s bedding regularly and use a long-acting household spray regularly, to ensure that they are kept at bay much more easily. If you do all that, you should effectively prevent fleas from entering your home.

flea after feeding

How To Identify Fleas

One of the most well-known facts about fleas is that they are so incredibly small that they can be hard to see. In fact, many of them are practically invisible to the naked eye. However, you can usually see them as long as you look very carefully, and it is a matter of training your eye to see them much more clearly than you might have thought possible. A flea is roughly the size of a ballpoint pen tip, they have six long legs and are dark brown or reddish in color. One of the most telling signs that what you are looking at is a flea is by its movement – fleas are known for their ability to jump well, so if you see one leaping from place to place on your cat’s fur for instance, you know that it is almost certainly a flea.

Once you have properly identified them, you know what you are actually dealing with, which is always an important part of the process of managing them. Here are 19 pictures of Fleas to help you in identify them.

Signs & Symptoms Of Flea Bites

For most people most of the time, a flea bite is not too serious a thing. But it is still a nuisance, and something that you want to keep an eye out for. There are some common and obvious signs of a flea bite that you should be looking out for. The most common sign is a rash, and it is very uncommon to have a flea bite without having a rash follow in its wake. This will look like small bumps at the least, or it could be hives at the other extreme end of the scale. It might be three bumps together, and most commonly will occur on the waist, armpits, ankles and the elbows and knees.

There is another obvious sign too: itching. If you find yourself itching a lot and you know you have fleas in the home, then that is probably a sign that you have been bitten. If you continue to scratch it, you might make it bleed, so you need to be careful and ensure that you avoid doing that if at all possible. In some severe cases, you might see swelling around the bite as well, although this is much less common, similar to getting blisters from a bite. If you have any allergic reactions, see a medical professional immediately.

Treatment For Flea Bites

The good news is that there are plenty of ways in which you can get rid of flea bites or treat them effectively. Many of these are home remedies which anyone can whip up in a moment, and that is a great thing to know if you are infested with fleas in your home and you want to treat your own bites. Of course, any particularly serious bites should have medical attention – but for the vast majority of flea bites which are very straightforward, any of the following will do.

For the most part, an ice pack might be enough to soothe your flea bite. Or you might want to use aloe vera, if you have any, or even some rubbing alcohol. Vinegar and tea bags are both good too, as is tea tree oil. If you have any of them in your home, you should find that they are a perfectly good way to treat flea bites. Make sure you keep an eye out for infection and so on all the while as you treat the bites.

flea illustration

How To Get Rid Of Fleas

If you do have fleas in the home, you will of course want to do away with them as quickly as possible. There are many things you can do here to get rid of fleas, and it should be easier than you think to ultimately do away with them in the end, especially compared to some other pests. As we have seen, the best thing to do is to make sure that you give your pets regular flea treatments – and you should do this if you have fleas in the home already too, as those treatments also work to kill the fleas in question.

At the same time, make sure that you also treat the fleas in the home, using similar products, otherwise they are just going to go straight back on to your pet and continue to multiply. As long as you apply these treatments regularly and you keep at it, you should find that you can get rid of those fleas fairly quickly and easily, so that is something to bear in mind.

Do’s & Don’ts Of Flea Removal

First of all, don’t think that keeping a clean home is going to suffice in keeping fleas away or getting rid of them. Actually this is one kind of pest where it doesn’t really matter if your home is dirty – fleas will be able to come into your home from your pet, regardless of whether the house is clean or not. Of course, keeping the house clean is still a good idea when it comes to other pests.

Don’t forget to treat your pets every month. This really is the single most important thing that you should be doing if you want to keep the fleas out of your home for good.

FAQ About Fleas

Can Fleas Live On Humans?

This is the first thing that many people are worried about. The answer is no, fleas cannot live on humans. However, fleas can and do bite humans, and that is enough of a concern for most people to want to do away with them completely from the home.

Do Fleas Have Wings?

Although they seem to have wings sometimes by the way that they jump, they do not. They use their powerful hind legs to jump from place to place instead.

What Do They Eat?

Fleas pierce the flesh of those they live on and drink the blood, ideally from warm blooded animals.

What Conditions Do They Live In?

Fleas generally prefer to live in warmer climates and they are not so good at withstanding very hot or very cold climates or weather. This can be useful information if you are trying to keep fleas out of a specific area.