While fleas are big enough to be seen (thank goodness!) it is easy to miss the signs of an infestation in your home until your dog (and you!) are literally crawling with pests. Look for these 5 following signs to catch a flea problem as quickly as possible:
#1 – Scratching & Biting
If your dog is constantly scratching and/or biting himself, he may have fleas. Don’t just assume it’s season allergies or an itch! Always check to be sure.
#2 –Flea “Dirt”
This is basically flea droppings and it will look like tiny black or red flecks on your dog – usually on their belly or by the base of the tail. Don’t assume it’s dirt, especially if your dog has been scratching and biting.
#3 – Red, Infected Skin
Dogs that are allergic to fleas or if they been scratching and biting a lot can develop red, infected skin. If you start seeing red, irritated or even bald skin, check for fleas.
#4 – Flea Larvae
Much harder to see than the actual fleas, the larvae are a dirty white in color and measure 3 to 5.2mm in length (www.orkin.com).
#5 – Small Bites on You
Do you find yourself scratching at what appears to be nothing? Look closer. If you have small red bumps on you it may be flea bites. If you’re getting bitten, chances are you have fleas in your bed.