What is a Flea?
Fleas are small biting insects that feed on dogs and cats but may also bite humans. Fleas are only &frac18 of an inch long, but they can jump up to 6 inches straight up. They are flat on the sides and have backward facing spines on their bodies. Fleas can be spread through the house as their eggs fall off the pet as it moves through the home and the yard, but in general, they spend the majority of their time on the host animal.
Why do I have them?
Flea infestations begin when an animal brings them into the home. This can be a result of a pet, or could be coming from a wild mammal like squirrels, raccoons, and feral cats.
Why should I be concerned with Fleas?
Flea bites can cause a significant amount of itching and irritation, especially in individuals who are sensitive to the bites. They also can spread quickly since each female flea can between 400 and 800 eggs in her lifetime.
How do I get rid of Fleas?
The key to getting rid of fleas is to treat with your pet in mind since no treatment will be effective if your pet keeps bringing in new fleas. This means that the pet must have a flea dip to kill all of the fleas on the animal at the same time as the home is treated.