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Fight fleas in your home

What are fleas

Fleas are tiny, wingless insects that feed on the blood of an animal (the host). They are not always easy to spot and can jump from animal to animal.

Flea bites can cause severe itching, which in turn can lead to skin infections and loss of fur in the infected animal. Some animals also become infected with diseases from fleas.

Fleas like it warm, which means that the main season for fleas used to be limited to the summer months. But thanks to the modern central heating, fleas can find a cozy spot all year round, even in winter.

How do fleas get into the house?

Adult fleas can quickly get into the house from outside without being noticed, for example by jumping on their own dog or cat while playing with infected conspecifics or when the four-legged friends have had contact with infected hedgehogs or mice. When fleas find a host to feed on, they stay on that host and multiply.

Adult female fleas can lay up to 50 eggs on your animal per day. The eggs are light in weight and easily trickle down on carpets, pet roosts, and soft furnishings. This is where the larvae later hatch and feed mainly on the excrement of the adult fleas. Fleas prefer to be on the pet's “main streets” within the living area, as well as around the sleeping areas. The larvae avoid direct daylight and like to hide in cracks and corners as well as in or under carpets. After a while, the flea larvae pupate in a firm, extremely resistant cocoon, in which they develop into ready-made fleas. These dolls can adhere quite firmly to woven or rough surfaces and can therefore hardly be removed during everyday vacuuming. The finished flea hatches out of its cocoon when it senses that a host is nearby. A single flea can quickly become a stubborn infestation in your own four walls.

In fact, only around five percent of fleas infestations are found on your pet - the remaining 95 percent are distributed in your home at an immature stage.

Why is it so important to act quickly with fleas?

Fleas are much more than just itchy troublemakers. They used to be responsible for transmitting the plague to humans. Even if the plague no longer exists in our latitudes, fleas can transmit other serious diseases to you or your animal and leave uncomfortably itchy, red bite marks. Some animals also develop flea salivary disease (FAD), a strong allergic reaction that is very uncomfortable for the four-legged friend.

In addition, your dog can accidentally swallow fleas infected with worms while grooming and thus get an additional infestation with the cucumber seed tapeworm.

Recognize a flea infestation?

Regularly comb your pet's fur with a flea comb. This is a special, very close-toothed comb. Place the dark crumbs that may have been combed out on a damp cloth. If these become reddish in color, this is a sign of a flea infestation, as flea excrement contains blood. The task now is to quickly and consistently counteract any further spread of the fleas.