How to Get Rid of Fleas
Fleas are very small and they do not have wings. Fleas are 1/12” 1/6” long. Fleas are parasites that feed on humans and other warm-blooded animals. Fleas are attracted to body heat, movement and exhaled carbon dioxide. They will bite, causing the common reaction to the flea bite, which is when the skin gets swollen, red, and has a puncture (often located in the center of each spot, and ITCHY). Fleas can survive several months without food. They prefer warm and humid temperatures. Fleas can transmit plague, typhus, and tape worms because the feed off different bloods. Fleas can jump 7 to 8” high and 14-16” long. Flea infestation is extremely hard to control. Fleas are hard to locate because they will be deep in the carpets or in cracks and crevices of floors and upholstery. Vacuuming will not get rid of them because they get caught in carpet fibers. Be sure to throw away the vacuum bag after vacuuming because they might still be alive in the bag. We know fleas are tricky and stubborn pests but, DO NOT GIVE UP!
Fleas will live deep in carpets, cracks and crevices of floors, upholstery, and fabrics, garages, furniture, under beds, corners, closets, kennels, crawl spaces, under steps, and porches. Fleas will infest anywhere and everywhere in the home. Since fleas are so small, you can place a white piece of paper, a white sock, or a white t-shirt and place them where you suspect they infest to see if where the infestation is worse and to see the fleas. Fleas will foremost be found on pets, dogs, and cats. Cat fleas and dog fleas are slightly different, however, the difference cannot be seen by the eye and has to be seen under the microscope.