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Flea Identification

What are fleas?

close up of a flea on skin

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of mammals. Blood is their only source of food. They are ectoparasites - meaning they live and feed on the outside of their host’s body. These tiny parasites are the size of a speck of dirt. Despite their size, they are difficult to kill because of their rigid bodies. Fleas are reddish-brown, wingless, and have powerful back legs that they use to jump out of the way of danger and travel through the fur of their animal hosts. Fleas also have specialized piercing mouthparts used to hold onto their victims while feeding on their blood.

Are fleas dangerous?

In the United States, the biggest threat from fleas is not the spread of diseases but that they're intermediate hosts for tapeworms, which they can transmit to animals and people. Other problems associated with fleas include:

  • Animals with large infestations often develop anemia, which makes them very ill and can be life-threatening.
  • Those who are allergic to flea saliva may develop itchy dermatitis. Constant itching at the bites can lead to a secondary infection.
  • Fleas are prolific breeders, and if just a few get into a home, it can lead to a large, difficult to eliminate infestation.
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How Can I Prevent Fleas in the Future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent fleas and other pests problems. In addition, the following prevention tips will help to keep fleas off of your property and out of your Northern California home.

  • Treat all pets with a year-round flea preventative product under the guidance of a veterinarian.
  • Vacuum your home regularly, especially in areas where your pets spend the most time.
  • Do not buy used rugs and upholstered furniture for your home.
  • Keep grass on your property cut short.
  • Cut back the overgrown vegetation on your property.
  • Remove bird and animal feeders from your property that attract rodents and other wild animals, and keep locking lids on trash cans.
  • Repair entry points into your home that may allow flea-covered rodents inside.

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