Cat and dog fleas are generally the same pest (usually found on those animals, though they can survive on humans as well). They are small, usually only 1/8 of an inch long, and flattened. They are black or reddish-brown in color, and can jump 7-8 inches up and 14-16 inches over. They get their blood meals using their piercing-sucking mouthparts, and as they suck the blood, they also inject their saliva which contains an irritant that makes the skin itchy and red. In animals, this irritant can create dermatitis or hair loss in animals.
How To Get Rid of Them
The most helpful home remedy for fleas is vacuuming because it will take care of the flea no matter the life stage it’s in (pupae to adult). Also, combing pets is an easy way to determine whether or not you are dealing with a flea issue. Flea combs are sold in stores, and placing a small amount of petroleum jelly on the teeth will cause whatever fleas may or may not be there will stick to it. When combing your pet, be sure to check between their toes, behind their ears, under their arms, and under their necks.
Fleas cannot live in water, so bathing yourself and your pet is very important. Use shampoo regularly, though daily use of flea shampoo is not advised.
The herb pennyroyal repels fleas, so planning that around your home will prevent them from entering the house in the first place. Cedar chips will also prevent this.
Home Remedies Don’t Always Work
Fleas can transmit life threatening diseases, so calling a professional to deal with the problem immediately is the best thing to do. It’s risky to play around with home remedies when they can move from cats to dogs to humans without any problems. Call Suburban Exterminating at (516) or (631) 864-6900.