Fleas and Pets: What do fleas look like? How to fleas affect your pet?

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  • Small (1/16 to 1/8-inch long).
  • Usually dark colored.
  • Wingless insects with long legs adapted for jumping vertically up to seven inches.
  • Tube-like mouthparts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts.
  • Compressed bodies are permitted for easy movement through the hairs or feathers on the host’s body.
  • The flea body is hard to withstand great pressure, likely an adaptation to survive scratching, etc.

How they can affect your pets?

  • Fleas attached a wide variety of warm-blooded vertebrates including dogs, cats, humans, chickens, rabbits, squirrels, rats and mice.
  • Fleas are a nuisance.
  • They create an itching sensation.
  • Some animals suffer allergic reactions to flea saliva resulting in rashes.
  • Bites often appear in clusters, inflamed with a single puncture point.
  • Sometimes hair loss can be a result from frequent scratching and biting by the animal.

If you have noticed any fleas in your home, contact your local pest control professional immediately. Thomas Pest is a family-owned and operated pest management company offering pest control service in Saratoga, Lake George and surrounding areas with third generation experience. If you live in Saratoga, Lake George, or elsewhere in the Capital Region, call Thomas Pest Services at 1.877.518.BUGS (2847), or Facebook.

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