Appearance: Fleas are very small; about 1/8” in length. Fleas are dark in color, and are usually black, brown, or reddish-brown. They tend to have bodies that are flat in shape, unless they are engorged with blood, because they are a blood-sucking pest.
Location and Behavior Patterns: Fleas are very common. They are often found on domestic dogs, cats, and other furry animals, too. They will hide underneath the fur of an animal, and feed on the surface of the animal’s skin. Fleas have strong back legs, which enables them to jump from host to host. They may jump onto humans from time to time, but they cannot survive for long on the skin of a person.
Fleas can be very bothersome to the animal or the person that they are crawling on, because fleas will bite. The bite can cause stinging and itching, and may leave a small red spot where the bite occurred.
Treatment: Prevention and early detection are the best defenses when dealing with flea infestations. Flea-repellent medications are available for use with dogs, cats, and other furry, family pets. These products are available through your veterinarian or at your local pet-supply store.
If you have a flea infestation in your home, then a pest control specialist can treat your home and your lawn for this bothersome pest.
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