Sun, Sea and Sand Fleas? How to Prevent Them from Tri-County Pest Control
The arrival of warmer weather invites many of us to spend more time outdoors. If you’re a water lover, this could mean on the sandy shoreline of the ocean – especially in our service areas – where the salty sea is fairly accessible.
But with these trips to the Mid-Atlantic region’s beaches can also come a barely detectable nemesis – sand fleas.
The term sand flea, believe it or not, is used to describe a wide range of creatures found on sandy beaches. Some of these, like the mole crab pictured here (often called a sand flea), are harmless crustaceans. However, others, like the parasitic Chigoe Flea found in tropical climates, can burrow into the skin and cause dangerous health complications. In addition to these critters, there a host of mosquitoes, flies, and other biting insects that love to take advantage of all the exposed skin on the beach.
Headed to the beach this summer? We encourage you to read on…
How do I know if I have been bitten by a sand flea or other biting insect? If you are bitten, a red welt will often develop. Because some insects and parasites can actually transmit disease to humans, if you are bitten, do everything you can not to scratch the area, which can increase swelling and eventually lead to infection. Occasionally, they will burrow into the skin. If this happens, seek immediate medical attention.
Can I do anything to prevent being bitten? You can minimize the occurrence of being bitten by avoiding the beach early in the morning and at sunset time. If you happen to frequent the beach for a sandy stroll at either of these times of the day, try to wear longer pants.
Should I take any measures after returning from the beach? Yes, absolutely. If you happen to spread out a beach towel of blanket, make sure you shake out well before heading back home and then we recommend washing and drying it immediately upon your return. If you happen to be at a beachside resort or hotel, turn in your towels to the appropriate personnel. Try to avoid bringing them back into your home or room at all costs.
While we understand this information may not be exactly related to pest control, we like to educate our community whenever they may be in an environment susceptible to any biting pest.
We hope this allows you to have a more enjoying seaside stay!