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The flea is small, wingless insect that are parasitic in nature, feeding on the blood of mammals and birds. They can be a significant nuisance and health concern when they infest homes, pets, and outdoor areas. Effective flea pest control involves a combination of treating both the infested areas and the pets, as pets are often the primary hosts for fleas.
Here’s some information below about flea pest control:
Fleas can jump about 6 inches vertically which means they can easily jump onto your cat or dog as it walks through the outdoors. Once they have hitched a ride on your pet they begin feeding within minutes and will quickly begin mating and laying eggs. This usually occurs within the first 24 hours and they lay about 40 to 50 eggs a day.
Fleas are tiny, reddish-brown insects with flattened bodies that enable them to move easily through the fur of animals. They have long legs adapted for jumping, which can make them challenging to catch.
The common Flea has a four-stage life cycle:
Egg: Flea eggs are usually white, oval-shaped, and tiny. They are laid on the host animal but can easily fall off into the environment.
Larva: Flea larvae are tiny, worm-like creatures that feed on organic debris and flea feces in the environment. They avoid light and prefer to live in dark, humid areas, such as carpet fibers or pet bedding.
Pupa: Larvae spin a cocoon around themselves to become pupae. The pupal stage is protected by a sticky substance that allows debris to stick to it, providing camouflage.
Adult: Adult fleas emerge from the pupal stage and actively seek out a host to feed on. They can jump onto passing animals, including humans.
Fleas on your pet or flea bites around one’s ankles are both hallmark indications of flea presence in your home. Sanitation is critical in areas where the animal sleeps or rests. Indoors, carpet should be vacuumed, and bedding should be washed. Outdoors, dog houses, bedding, and other materials should be washed and placed in the sun. Consult your veterinarian for appropriate flea prevention treatments for your pets. These treatments can include topical spot-on treatments, oral medications, or flea collars.
If you have pets, start by treating them for fleas. Consult your veterinarian for suitable flea control products such as topical treatments, oral medications, or flea collars. Regular grooming and maintaining a clean living environment for your pets can help prevent and manage flea infestations.
It is important to note that when flea larvae transform into pupae, they usually remain inside their cocoon for 1 to 4 weeks although they can last longer. The cocoon is incredibly durable and is completely resistant to insecticides which makes the treatment of fleas very difficult. Their high breeding rate also means that infestations can grow exponentially and quickly get out of hand.
If your flea infestation has gotten out of control it is important to get in a qualified pest control company to ensure these pesky bloodsuckers are removed from your pet and your home. Call Hannan Environmental Services today to keep your home free of fleas.
Remember that successful flea control often requires a combination of treatments and consistent efforts over time. Treating both your pets and their living environment is crucial for achieving long-term flea management.
Preventing flea infestations is key to avoiding the hassle of dealing with them:
- Keep your pets on year-round flea prevention.
- Regularly groom and bathe your pets to help identify and remove fleas.
- Maintain a clean and clutter-free environment, as fleas thrive in dark and dusty areas.
- If you have multiple pets, treat all of them at the same time to prevent cross-infestation.
- Be cautious when introducing new pets or used pet items into your home.
Remember that flea control is an ongoing process, and early intervention is essential to prevent infestations from becoming more challenging to manage. If the infestation is severe or persists despite your efforts, consider seeking assistance from Hannan Environmental Services pest control. We have the expertise and tools to effectively manage fleas.