What you need to know about fleas

General knowledge of fleas can help you prevent and treat them.

The phrase "what you don't know can't hurt you" doesn't apply to getting rid of fleas. Whether you own a dog or a cat, it's important you know what you're up against so you can prevent fleas and treat your pet if they make their way into your home. Here are some of the basics.

What are they?
Fleas are tiny insects with a hard shell. They rely on a host to survive – typically your cat or dog – but they'll settle for humans. Fleas will jump from one hot to another. They can reach up to eight feet in jumping distance, according to Pest World. If you think you're only up against one type of flea army – think again. There are over 2,000 species and subspecies of fleas, stated the source.

How can you find them?
Generally you'll know if you have fleas because your dog or cat will be scratching and in some cases biting like crazy. Be on the lookout for signs that they're nibbling on your skin because they can jump to humans as well. Bite marks around the ankles, arm pits and other places will have a series of red bumps if you're being attacked.

When to get rid of fleas
If your home has been infested, get them out immediately because they can spread at a rapid speed. Pick up some flea spray, shampoo or other product and get to work.

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.