Determine Whether it's a Flea Home InvasionItching, biting, and scratching among dogs and cats are not always the result of fleas. Our fur-babies can suffer from a variety of maladies that result in itching and scratching. They could have mites, dry skin, allergies, abrasions, contact with a toxic substance (such as a poisonous plant that causes skin irritation), and more! In some rare cases, our pets may not even find flea bites itchy, which means there could be an infestation right under our noses. Luckily, there are a few tell-tale signs we can look for that will reveal the presence of fleas without fail.
- Use a comb to separate the hair and look for live fleas. Be sure to do this in a well-lit area. Fleas are fast and are experts at hiding. If we separate the hair along the back and rump, we may see them quickly running for cover.
- While we’ve got that comb and our furry friend in a well lit area, look for a black peppery powder-like substance in their fur and along their skin. This is a common byproduct of a flea invasion and is specific to this type of pest.
- Look for flea bites. These bites will often look like tiny, pink or red pimples. If there is a rash, clusters of red spots, or smooth red areas, it could still be fleas that are causing allergic reactions and heavy irritation, but it could also be another cause. Getting a second opinion from a vet can help.
Fight Flea Home InvasionsIt can happen to anyone. Fleas are talented pests that can hitch a ride on anyone and nearly anything. And because of their lifecycle, they are able to survive many climates. To cap it off, fleas are able to survive for long periods of time without feeding. Check out these fast facts and stats to get a better idea of exactly how amazing fleas can be, given the right circumstances. It’s important to know that those of us facing a home invasion can go in armed and confident that the flea can indeed, be conquered. There are two ways to fight a home invasion.
- Get them off our family
- Get them out of the environment.
EcoBug is strong on pests, but gentle on pets. It’s natural, non-toxic, and free from pesticides. And it repels ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and other pests, like mites.
- Remove critters who may be carrying pests, but are not pets.
- Vacuum often and thoroughly. The flea larvae can live in carpets and people often forget to really get those hard to reach places, like corners, the crack between the carpet and the wall, and under furniture.
- Wash all bedding, including our pet’s bedding. Adult fleas have a fairly short life cycle, but their eggs and larvae can survive for a year until the right conditions present themselves. Getting rid of fleas at all life stages will ensure the invasion really is gone.
- Clean upholstery regularly. Fleas often become adults in the Spring when things warm up. Getting upholstery cleaned in early Spring will help prevent a seasonal infestation.
Prevention of Flea Home Invasions is KeyRemember, prevention of flea home invasions is the best medicine. There are a few ways to help prevent future infestations, but only one repellent that will keep the occasional visiting flea from nesting and becoming a full-blown invasion.
- EcoBug is not only safe and effective against an existing threat, it’s gentle enough to be used as a chemical- and toxin-free preventative measure. Just one simple and easy spritz - our family and our homes will be free from fleas and the danger of flea-borne illnesses.
- Creating an environment that isn’t inviting for fleas, such as weekly and seasonal cleaning will prevent a few stray eggs from turning into a populations.
- Recommending EcoBug to friends, family, neighbors, and peers at the dog park can also be a preventative measure. Remember, fleas can hitch a ride on clothing and fabrics just as easily as our cats and canines.