Fleas are known parasites that live on warm-blooded bodies. They are wingless and often dark reddish brown in color with an average length of 2mm.
Fleas are agile creatures and are able to transport themselves due to their legs that help them jump relatively great distance. Their small and flat shape give them further advantage in moving on their hosts’ hair.
Furthermore, fleas thrive in warm and humid climates like Miami.Which speeds up the hatching of flea eggs.
There are many different species of fleas, the most common one is Ctenocephalides felis, a cat flea that prefers dogs.
The cat flea is the number one external parasite of both cats and dogs and over 95% of the flea population exists in carpet and grass.
Life Stages of Fleas
Fleas have four different life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adulthood. Fleas’ average lifespan is 30-90 days. In order to survive and reproduce, fleas have to consume blood.
Fleas and Pets
These bloodsucking pests not only are nuisance to man and pets alike, but can also cause severe skin problems in both dogs and cats.
Flea bites cause irritation and itching, similar to the effect of mosquito bite. Animals attempt to cope with the irritation and to get rid of the fleas, they scratch themselves which could result in hair loss and in extreme cases, anemia.
Fleas are also vectors for many medical complications such as typhus and plagues.
Flea infestation can easily be identified but controlling the population can be tough and strenuous. Adult fleas can be easily exterminated. In contrast, flea eggs are more problematic as they are harder to find and can easily fall into carpets, wood floors and furniture.
To get rid of fleas completely, management of fleas on pets must simultaneously occur with regular, thorough cleaning of pet resting areas indoors and out.
Once fleas infest a home, control will require a vigilant program that includes vacuuming, eliminating fleas on pets, and cleaning up and possibly treating shaded outdoor locations where pets rest. Professional pest control treatments are necessary for complete eradication. Along with our expertise customer involvement is a must for effective control.