Sep 11, 2019

Signs of a Flea Infestation

Signs of a Flea Infestation

Yuck. You think you’ve spotted a flea lurking around your pooch’s eyelid, threatening to make the jump over to you… there’s something unsettling about nature’s little vampires, from their tiny, crunchy bodies to their need to drink every drop of blood they can. You know they’re trying to survive, but they’re also making your dog or cat miserable with their endless biting and egg laying – you’re afraid you have an epidemic on your hands. Even if you don’t and there’s one or two hopping around – there’s never just one or two – it doesn’t hurt to be watchful. After all, your pets are relying on you to keep their fur free of these biting little blighters. Keep your eyes peeled for the following signs of flea infestation and be ready to contact Canberra Pest Control – you’ll definitely need our help!

The Itchy and Scratchy Show

How often is your pet reaching up to scratch? Is it the same place? Do they seem frustrated, pained or irritated? Congratulations, you have fleas! The blood suckers love camping out in particularly dense patches of fur – check pet armpits, the groin region and the back of the head and neck for activity red zones. Even if you don’t catch sight of a flea, you’ll notice the skin in these areas is red, irritated and covered in little bites.

Flea 101: Can Fleas Get in Human Hair?

Dog and cat fleas often hitch a ride in human hair but they don’t stick around, particularly when there’s a tasty morsel nearby to sample (your pet). Pulex Irritans (the human flea) can and will set up shop in your hair however, enjoying the consistent stream of blood. Human fleas aren’t very common in Canberra and surrounding regions.

White Mounds and Black Mounds All Around

If you’re thinking to yourself, what is flea dirt, chances are you’ve already seen a lot of it on your pet or in their bedding… sometimes on your own pillow! The black/brown mounds are simply digested specks of blood, or flea poop. The white mounds, however, are egg deposits, keeping the next generation safe until they can hatch and terrorise your household for longer.  You’ll often find eggs in pet bedding or thick carpets and rugs.

Unexplained Welts and Bumps

What’s this? You’ve woken up covered in angry little bites, each one itchier than the last – you try not to scratch, but those little jumpers have done a number on your skin Don’t be surprised if hey area around the bite swells up a little if you’re on the allergic side – most people aren’t aware of any allergies until they’re bitten. Be aware flea allergies can cause anaphylaxis – symptoms include  intense itching, hives all over the body, difficulty breathing, wheezing and the swelling of the hands and face. If you or someone you love is exhibiting any of these signs, dial 000 or quickly make your way to an emergency room.

Pet Hair Loss

Some pets really struggle with flea infestations, causing their hair to fall out thanks to a flea-induced condition called alopecia. It’s a seriously uncomfortable ailment for your cat or dog to handle, so quick, decisive treatment is essential to ensure their health and happiness. That’s where we come in…

Almost every pet-loving household has battled these bitey bugs. Canberra Pest Control treats your home with a specially formulated anti-flea cocktail, making your pet’s safe space undesirable and deadly in no time at all. We’ll also walk you through future flea management idea, minimising the chances of another flea outbreak.

Are you up to your knees in fleas? Get in touch with our experienced flea control technicians today on 62427779 or fill out our contact form for a speedy response.