Fleas are pests that can bother you and your household all year long, even in winter. If your pet has never had fleas before, it can be difficult to tell whether fleas are the problem, or if your pet is just has dry skin. Watch out for these signs in case you’re dealing with a flea infestation.
- Frequent scratching, licking and/or biting
Fleas have a knack for finding those hard-to-reach places that your pet will struggle to bite, scratch or lick. If you notice your pet itching excessively, it’s time to check for fleas.
- Red, patchy skin
Another sign to watch out for are any unusual red patches of skin. This could be an allergic reaction to a flea bite, which can also cause rashes or lesions on your pet.
- Hair loss
Although your pet could experience hair loss for a variety of reasons, dogs or cats will also pull out their hair from continuously licking or biting flea-bitten areas. The pattern and severity of the hair loss is essential to properly diagnosing your pet.
- Pale gums
Pale gums are a symptom of anemia and can indicate that your pet is suffering from a serious flea infestation. Flea-induced anemia can happen from fleas extracting more blood from your pet than its body can replenish.
- Flea residue
If you’ve noticed any small black or reddish-brown specks on your pet’s body or around your home, you could have flea problem. These spots are actually flea feces composed of digested blood.
If you think you might have a flea problem in your home, contact an expert from K&C Pest Control or call (920) 582-9000.