The fleas that are in our area are cat fleas and dog fleas. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day, typically after a blood meal they deposit their eggs in cracks and crevices around where pets spend most of their time. Within 12 days these eggs hatch, so infestations get out of control very quickly.
How to tell if you have Fleas
The most common sign of fleas can be seen when pets are scratching frequently, losing hair or are more restless than usual. Adult fleas and flea feces can be found on infested animals around the neck area, groin area, around leg folds and around the base of the tail. You can find live fleas or flea dirt (droppings) using a comb and dipping it in a bowl of soapy water, if the water turns red it is flea dirt.
The areas to inspect for fleas inside the home are the carpets, pet bedding areas and furniture. Wearing a pair of white socks, shuffle your feet while going over any carpets. After a minute or two inspect your socks for any live fleas and inspect for any signs of flea dirt. Glue boards can also be placed to monitor activity in these areas as well.
Flea treatments require spraying the inside of the home and sometimes even some areas outside to eliminate the infestation. There is some preparation work that must be done before the treatment (please see the prep sheet below). Pets should be treated for fleas as well to prevent reintroduction of fleas after the treatment is performed. Any wild animals such as: rodents, raccoons, squirrels, etc., that are nesting in your home should be removed or flea treatments may not be effective.