Fleas In The House Ė How Do I Know For Sure

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Published: 30th November 2010
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Suspecting that you may have fleas in the house can be distressing. Part of you wants to know for sure that they are there but another part of you would pretend that it isnít happening. It is tempting to dismiss the evidence as just your imagination. People think, for example, that because they donít have any pets in the house then they canít have fleas in the house. Or would rather believe that the bites on their legs are from mosquitos rather than fleas. However, ignoring the problem wonít make it go away, rather it will make it worse.



Just because you are ignoring the fleas in your house doesnít mean the fleas will ignore you!



If you suspect you have fleas in your house here are 5 things to look out for:



1. Your cat or dog is scratching more often that usual. An obvious one for sure but a very good indication. With cats, look to see if they are avoiding sitting on the floor (more than usual). On both cats and dogs look for little small flecks of dirt in their coats. This dirt is basically flea poo.

2. Do the White Sock Test. Most fleas sit around in carpet waiting for something warm and fleshy to go past so they can jump on board and gorge on the blood. Fleas are dark and around 3mm longs. Wearing a pair of white socks youíll easily see them when they jump on for the ride.

3. Most of the flea bites on humans are in the ankle area (because they jump onto your feet and above the sock line is the most convenient place to bite).

4. You can see the fleas in the carpet or even bouncing around on your bed! From a distance they look like small dark balls around 3mm long. If approached they will jump in the air in order to escape. Once you have one in your hand, you will be able to look closer. People with good eye-sight will notice that they are reddish brown. You may see small brown legs wriggling away on the bottom.

5. Buy a flea trap. These are basically a dish lined with an extremely sticky surface with a warm lamp shining down. The fleas are attracted by the heat of the lamp and leap inside. Once inside they are trapped on the sticky surface. Slowly, over the next few days, the fleas will die.



Once you discover that there are fleas in house you will need to get rid of them. If you donít they will multiply and multiply and will never leave of their own accord.

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