Fleas feed off the blood of a host usually a dog, cat, rat or human. They will usually live as parasites on warm-blooded vertebrates, and however, in the absence of a host, they often live in fabric with carpet being perfect for larvae to develop. In the UK fleas (although feeding on blood) are in general, not responsible for the spread of disease although in the past were thought to be responsible for the transference of the bubonic plague from rats to humans. The effects of a flea bite include an intense itching sensation and sometimes allergic reactions. Flea bites can remain itchy and inflamed for weeks causing severe discomfort.
Although fleas are a common problem in UK homes were pets are present they can occur even if you do not have pets. Fleas can be carried by non-domestic animals such as rats, mice, rabbits, livestock and foxes.
Signs of Fleas
– Carefully inspect your pets fur coat for 2mm long reddy-brown insects crawling over the skin.
– Check the hindquarters of your cats and dogs especially around the neck and head areas for any signs of flea activity.
– Droppings can be found on your pet’s skin, they look like fine black pieces of black pepper known as ‘flea dirt’. Using a flea comb across the hair will make it easier to spot them over a white sheet of paper.
– Discovering dirt on pet bedding, rugs and carpets can also be a sign of fleas.
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