Do you or your family members have itchy, painful rashes-like bumps? If so, then you might have fleas in your home.
What are fleas?
These are tiny insects that can be very irritating especially when they start to bite you. You will feel the itch and pain in the area that has been bitten by these blood-suckers. The thing is, they are quite difficult to get rid of. It may even require the assistance of professional pest controllers.
Furthermore, it won’t take very long for fleas to reproduce especially if you have cats, dogs, and other pets at home. If you don’t have pets, it is possible that your yard is already infested with these tiny creatures, which are causing all your mysterious bites. Aside from you and your loved ones, they can also harm the animals that you have in your home. For this reason, it is crucial that you know how to get rid of fleas in your home.
Like what was mentioned above, fleas are very tiny. The tip of a pen is bigger than them. They don’t have wings, and so, they jump so they can move from one spot to another.
Their color ranges from light brown to black. They have a very thin and flat body, but their shells are hard. So, you need to squeeze them between your fingernails or two hard surfaces so you can kill them. But then again, this is no easy task. It would still be best to seek the help of professionals so you can completely eradicate them.
How do flea bites look like?
If you are still wondering if the mysterious bites that you have in your body are, indeed, caused by fleas, here are some signs that you have to look out for.
- small and red bumps
- redness around the bitten area
- bites in a group of four or more
- bites on your ankles, legs, waist, armpits, groins, or even between the folds of your elbows and knees
There are several symptoms associated with flea bites. The most common signs are the following:
- itchiness and pain
- rashes near the bite site
- skin damage
- bacterial infection
What you need to do
Flea bites can cause several problems, not to mention the discomfort that the itchiness may cause you. Therefore, you should avoid excessive scratching. This is to prevent bacterial infection and skin damage. There are some ointments that you can apply to relieve the itchiness and soreness. If symptoms persist, it is highly recommended that you consult a health care professional.