English bulldogFleas are blood-sucking insects that can infest your pets. Since fleas prefer warm, humid conditions, they can be a year-round problem in Florida. Infestations even occur indoors. At Apex, we understand how important it is for pet owners to prevent fleas.

Problems Caused by Fleas

Flea bite dermatitis is the most common problem caused by fleas. It occurs when pets are allergic to flea saliva. They get intensely itchy due to the flea bites and can scratch so much that they break their skin. The damaged skin can even get infected.

Fleas can also spread tapeworms to pets. These tapeworms can grow as long as 12 inches, and affected pets can lose weight. For small animals, severe flea infestations can lead to anemia. That happens when the fleas feed on so much blood that the animal’s red blood cell count decreases.

How to Diagnose Fleas

Scratching is a sign that your pet could have fleas. Excessive grooming is another clue, especially in cats. Cats will over groom themselves to try to remove fleas. If you notice these signs, look more closely.

Adult fleas are tiny, so they’re hard to see. If you brush your pet’s fur with a flea comb, you may discover some adult fleas. Flea dirt is another sign that fleas are present. Flea dirt is flea feces, and it looks like small, dark specks. Wiping your pet’s fur with a white paper towel can help you find flea dirt.

Prevention Tips

Fleas are hard to get rid of, and affected pets might need to be treated repeatedly with flea control products. The house, yard, and other pets might also need treatment. Since flea control is so difficult, a focus on flea prevention is important.

To protect your pet, talk to your veterinarian. Flea prevention products are available and can be applied safely and easily. These products can be given in tablet form or applied directly to your pet’s fur.

When outdoors, keep your pet away from flea habitats. Fleas like shrubs, leaves, trees, and other shady, cool places. They aren’t as fond of open grass or sunny areas. Removing debris from your yard and keeping your grass mowed can help reduce flea habitat. Before your pet comes back indoors, inspect their fur closely. This can help prevent fleas from coming into your house.

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Orlando pest removal companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more!