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Fleeing from Fleas: Part 1

The cuddles.

The games of fetch.

The look of adoration as they gaze up at you with wagging tail.

These are the benefits of pet companionship. Unfortunately, your beloved Fido or Frisky can also bring an unwanted element into your home—fleas.

Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) are the most common pet tormentor. (Other varieties include dog and swine.) Less than 1/8 inch long, cat fleas suck blood from cats, dogs, and people. A small red bump will appear 30 minutes after a bite. It will itch but should not swell.

Fleas can transmit diseases to humans. In fact, fleas were partially responsible for the spread of the Black Plague that ravaged Europe in the 14th century.

Not to fear—the fleas on your pets won’t cause such drastic problems. However, flea infestations should be dealt with quickly for the comfort of both pets and humans.

Note sure how? Come back Wednesday morning for flea-vanquishing tips! If the fleas get you down and you just can’t wait, call Epcon Lane for quick and professional pest control assistance.