If your pet has fleas you may find yourself with a lot of work on your hands to get rid of them. Fleas can quickly infest your home and multiply.
Here in Florida fleas have the perfect environment to quickly reproduce. Optimum conditions for flea reproduction are between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit and about 70% humidity. That sounds familiar. That sounds just like Florida. So if your pet has a flea problem, it is likely to spread to your home.
Excessive scratching, red, dry patches on the skin and “flea dirt”, which is actually dried blood left by fleas, are sure signs that fleas have moved in on your pet. If you suspect your pet has fleas, you will want to act quickly to cure the problem before it gets out of hand.
Unfortunately, the fleas can spread to other things besides just your home. They can also spread to you. This is unlikely if your flea infested pet is nearby because fleas prefer a dog or cat as host but if the pet has been removed from the home or infested room, those fleas will take what they can get.
If you have fleas in your home you will often find that if they do attack the humans, they will concentrate on one or two people and leave the rest alone. This is because all of us give off our own unique scent and the fleas may like one human’s scent over another.
If you find you are being attacked by fleas, remove your clothing immediately. Do not put the clothing in the hamper but throw it straight into the washing machine to wash on the highest heat allowable for the clothing. Putting the clothing into the hamper will contaminate the hamper and other clothing inside.
Now you need to get straight into the shower. Scrub with lots of soap, washing your hair twice. Either the soap will strip the fleas of its protective wax coating or the breathing tubes will become blocked and the fleas will drown.
Do not ever use a pesticide on your body. If you follow these steps, you will be free flea without the need for chemicals. If you want to stop the problem, you will need to also treat your house and pets.