Friday, October 26, 2007

Scratch Out Fleas: More than just a summer problem

We all know that fleas can cause your little guy to drive himself crazy scratching. But did you know that these small dark brown insects prefer temperatures of 65-80 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85%... so for some areas of the country they are more than just a “summer” problem. The next few articles will be addressing how to determine if your little guy has fleas and how to deal with it.

How did my dog get fleas?
Dogs and cats can get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. Often times, fleas can even live in the grass and can latch on to your pup at play group or even on a walk outside. Fleas can’t fly, but they can jump pretty far!

How do I know if my dog has fleas?
These nasty little bugs can often be seen scurrying along the surface of the skin. Fleas dislike light so looking for them within furry areas and on the pet's belly and inner thighs will provide your best chances of spotting them. Look for "flea dirt", too. "Flea dirt" looks like dark specks of pepper scattered on the skin surface. If you find fleas or flea dirt, you need to begin your war on the pests.

1 comment:

Snowball said...

I tried boiling green lemon (sliced) in water and use it to rinse my girl after bath and let it dry off naturally when she got infested with ticks and it work well for her. I wonder if it works for flea as we dun have much flea problem in Singapore.