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Fleas are small wingless jumping insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They sometimes transmit diseases through their bite, including plague myxomatosis. and lyme disease.
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Facts About Fleas
Fleas can be a nuisance to pets, kids, guests, and family. They come from outside, and once they are advanced, their life cycle can be hard to eradicate without professional assistance.
Flea control starts with knowledge.
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 feet vertically, which is 150 times their height. If we could do this, we would be able to leap over skyscrapers!
How Do you Know If Your Pets Have Fleas?
Identifying a flea infestation can often be simple.
- First, observe your pet’s behavior. Look for excessive scratching. If your pets are continually scratching them-selves, there is a good chance they have fleas, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors.
- Secondly, examine their fur. Infested animals have reddened skin and may lose hair.
- 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 fleabites and flea dirt, which looks like small, black to rust-colored, comma-shaped bits of dandruff.
- Inspect your pet’s bedding. 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.
- Check the animal’s hindquarters (dogs) and the head and neck (cats), these are most commonly targeted.
- Follow up with a veterinarian 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.
- Check yourself and your home. 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 tiny specks on your sheets, floor, socks, and wherever.
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 to 12 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.