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Fleas: Not Just a Dog Problem

When most people hear the word "fleas," they almost never think of them as a potential problem for human beings, and if you were to tell somebody that you had fleas, they may question whether or not they heard you correctly. It’s usually taken for granted that non-human animals such as dogs and cats are the only creatures at risk of these sesame seed-sized menaces. However, it is quite possible for you and others you know to suffer from flea bites. Here are some ways humans can get fleas, and how to avoid them.

Humans with Fleas?

Although it’s much less common for humans to get fleas than dogs, it happens more frequently than you might think. What fleas want in a host is simple: warmth, a little moisture and places to hide (namely, fur/hair). Humans have all three of those things, only with fewer hiding spots. Since dogs are almost entirely covered with hair, their whole body is a target for fleas; not to mention the fact that humans don’t often roll around outside in the woods. However, if you have pets, there’s a chance that any fleas that have latched onto their bodies will make their way to yours–most likely through your hair. If you see a series of small red bumps on your skin or find black specks on your body only slightly larger than a grain of sand, you may have fleas.

How to Deal with Fleas

Fortunately, whether fleas are causing you or your dog harm, the methods for getting rid of them remains roughly the same. First, to eradicate them on you or your pets’ bodies, just wash the infested areas under very hot water to kill them and their eggs. That part shouldn’t be very difficult. However, if you or your pet has fleas, there’s probably more than a few of them which have fallen off and are now living in your carpet and/or furniture. To get them out of your house completely, you’ll need to wash your clothes and dry at a high temperature, vacuum your floor thoroughly, soak all of your pets’ toys in hot water, and clean both you and your pets bedding. If they still won’t die, there are chemicals you can use around your house. Just make sure you use them safely. Finally, try to find some flea medication for your dog so it won’t bring any more of them inside your home.

You and your dog may live very different lives, but when it comes to getting rid of fleas, it’s guaranteed that you’re both on the same page. If you have a flea problem, do yourselves a favor and take action as soon as possible. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Venice Pest Control today.

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