Facts About Fleas

Given the discomfort and possible health risks involved with Fleas we just wanted to provide some general facts about the insect. However please consult with your veterinarian before applying any form of flea (or tick) prevention to your pet(s).

    • Fleas are considered parasites as they feed on the blood of the host they infest.
    • Fleas “jump” in order to travel from one location to another.
    • Fleas don’t have the ability to fly though they can jump over 8 inches high.
    • Fleas can also feed on humans as well as animals other than cats and dogs.
    • There are various Flea species.
    • Fleas can carry diseases from one host to another by feeding on infected blood.
    • A pet can pick up fleas from outside though the chances are less during the colder months of the year (below freezing temperatures or after several frosts).
    • Cleaning and vacuuming your home can help prevent infestation, however, proper treatments for animals in the home is also required.
    • Signs of a flea infestation can include what look to be specks of dirt in the pet’s hair (near the skin) but are actually dried blood which is flea excrement. Applying water or saliva to the specks will create a smear of red (blood).
    • If your home is infested simply bathing or treating your pet won’t be enough to get rid of the problem. Treating both the environment and the pets are required.
Additional information can be found here: http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/stingingbiting-insects/flea/