They are an external parasites of warm-blooded animals.
Facts About Fleas
Flea control starts with knowledge. These facts were extracted from Pest World. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, and usually remain on their hosts at all times. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans. Fleas do not fly. Instead, they jump from one place to another. In fact, fleas can jump as high as 8” vertically, which is 150 times their own height. If we could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers!
How Do you Know If You Have Fleas?
Identifying a flea infestation can often be simple.First, observe your pet’s behavior. Look forexcessive scratching. Secondly, examine his or her fur. Infested animals have reddened skin and may lose hair. The hind quarters of dogs and the head and neck of cats are most commonly targeted.
If insects can be seen visibly moving between hairs, or if red and black droppings are present on your pet’s skin, contact your veterinarian to discuss flea treatment options.
Why Should You Be Worried?
Upon identifying an infestation, clean your home thoroughly and treat your pet with veterinarian-recommended products. Linens and pet beds should be washed. Contact your local pest control expert to discuss customized solutions for your home and extermination options.
Fleas have a complete life cycle including an egg, three larval stages, a pupal stage, and an adult (male or female) stage. Eggs take one to12 days to hatch; larvae require one to two weeks to develop through their three stages; and pupae usually need four to 14 days to develop into adults. Under harsh conditions, the pupae can go into a diapause state and require nearly a whole year to complete development.
Fleas can be a nuisance to pet, kids, guests, and family. They come from outside and once their in their life cycle can be hard to completely eradicate with out professional assistance.
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How Do You Know If You Have Fleas?
This information and more can be found at Michigan State University. If your pets are continually scratching them-selves, there is a good chance they have fleas, particularly if they spend a lot of time outdoors. If you notice a salt and pepper-looking mixture in your pet’s bedding, it could be flea eggs and digested blood from adult fleas. Examine your pet’s skin, especially around the neck or the base of the tail. Look for adult fleas crawling on the pet, scabs caused by flea bites and flea dirt, which looks like small, black to rust-colored, comma-shaped bits of dandruff. Fleas may travel from pets to humans. When you wake up in the morning, you may have little red, itchy welts from flea bites. You may see little specks on your sheets, floor, socks and wherever.
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