Fleas are usually a problem for people with pets. Their populations can explode outdoors during times of rainfall, so it is important to keep your pets on flea and tick preventative. They reproduce rapidly, although they only live for about 100 days. Fleas can leap over 150 times their height, which makes them able to move great distances quickly.
You can start by putting on a pair of white socks if you have carpet. If adult fleas exist, a few may jump onto your socks for a ride. You can also look for flea dirt, which is actually droppings that their young will consume. The droppings look like pepper until you put them on a white, damp cloth when they appear red in color. If these tests do not work, place a bowl of warm, soapy water under a lamp on the floor. The fleas will jump into the water and the soap will trap and kill them.
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