Signs Your Home May Have a Flea Infestation
- Seeing small, dot-like insects hopping on your furniture – a flea infestation usually shows itself in your bedding, furniture, drapes, or floor cracks
- Pets scratch or bite their fur excessively – flea infestations often start with household pets, usually dogs and cats, who go outside in the dirt or come in contact with pets already infected with fleas
- Developing hives or a rash near the feet and ankles – flea bites on humans are usually located near the feet, and often develop as a red rash or hives.
A flea infestation can be a huge problem for many Wisconsin homeowners, and the professionals at Ehlers Pest Management are here to help. We offer comprehensive, environmentally-friendly methods of pest management services for homeowners throughout the southeast Wisconsin area. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional exterminators.
Get Professional Flea Extermination Services for Your Southeast Wisconsin Property
All over the Milwaukee metropolitan area, flea infestations are one of the most common household pest problems. Like most insects in the “blood feeders” category, flea control often requires the highly specialized services of a professional pest control company like Ehlers Pest Management.
Our team of professionals offer the very best environmentally-friendly pest control services to help keep your children and pets safe as your home’s flea infestation gets taken care of. Your flea problem will be a thing of the past when you work with us and our Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and we can ensure fleas won’t become a problem for you and your home for years to come.
Fleas typically pop up anywhere animals may be. Places throughout southeast Wisconsin where we can help you with your flea infestation include:
- Pet Stores
- Commercial Buildings
- And much more
Our environmentally-friendly Milwaukee pest control service has helped countless homeowners with children and pets rid their homes of these annoying pests. If you have a flea infestation and nothing you try on your own has been able to eliminate it, call Ehlers Pest Management today. You can also contact us online to request a free pest control estimate from our Milwaukee flea control experts.
What Do Fleas Look Like?
Fleas are reddish-brown, growing up to 1/8 inch in length with three pairs of legs. Enlarged hind legs enable fleas to leap up to 7 inches vertically and 13 inches horizontally. Fleas are typically found in places where animals sleep and frequent, preferring to attach to a host such as a cat, dog, human, or other species. Fleas are ectoparasites—animals needing to live on the outside of the host’s body and feed off its blood in order to live and reproduce.
Fleas lay their eggs when the animal is sleeping, usually in thick, fibrous material such as carpet strands or thickly woven fabric. Female fleas lay up to 200 eggs at a time, which can led to a massive infestation in a fairly short time. Urban wildlife is often the guilty culprit for introducing fleas to household pets and leading them into homes.
Flea Bite First Aid
Flea bites on both pets and people can cause severe allergic reactions, particularly for those who are sensitive to the saliva fleas inject when biting. Flea bites on humans are easily identified by clusters of red, itchy bumps which often bleed slightly from a single puncture at the center of the bite. Bites usually appear in clusters of 3 or 4, although an entire area of one's body can be covered with dozens, even hundreds, of flea bites.
As painfully itchy as flea bites are, scratching only makes matters worse by opening the door to an infection and a prolonged rash. Here are the best tips we've found for dealing with flea bites:
- Wash the affected area with a good antiseptic soap
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream and a take a dose of Benadryl or a similar antihistamine to control the itching and swelling
- If the itching is really bad, apply ice packs and Calamine lotion