A flea is a flightless insect with a narrowed body on its sides and can grow to a length of 3mm. They are parasites which feed on a blood meal from their hosts. Immediately seek flea control to avoid more problems. Fleas have strong hind legs that are adapted for jumping up to a height of 20cm, thrusting themselves forward at a distance of 30 cm. This ability helps them jump from one host to another. Fleas prefer feeding on animals with furs such as squirrels, cats, and dogs.
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A flea’s life cycle consists of four stages which are an egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. A female flea lays a lot of eggs with some falling on the ground from the host’s body. The egg count in a year ranges from hundreds to thousands. A flea’s larva feeds on a various organic matter such as feces, dead bugs, and vegetable residue.
After a flea matures into a full grown pupa, it prepares a cocoon where it undergoes changes into an adult. This metamorphosis is also identifiable in butterflies.
Upon clocking its adult stage, a flea can be termed as a blood thirsty creature. It feeds on its host while assisting in keeping the life cycle going by reproduction.
Signs of Flea Infestation
Signs of a flea infestation are majorly spotted on your pet’s general behavior. You have to be keen to notice its unusual new habits. Some of these habits are:
1. Scratching and Biting
Fleas are a nuisance to animals with their habit of crawling in their fur and reaching numerous parts on their body. By doing so, animals begin scratching their bodies on walls or rough surfaces. Pets such as dogs start biting and licking their bodies in an attempt to stop these pests.
2. Black Spots
Running a prompt check on your pet’s body in search of these spots will help you gauge the situation you are facing. These black spots are flea feces which appear on its body or fur.
3. Loss of Fur
Through frequent licking and biting, pets can begin to lose their fur. This sign is directly related to their developed habits and shows the seriousness of this infestation.
4. Red Spots
Fleas can cause allergies to your pets, resulting in numerous red spots or rashes on its body.
5. Paleness of Gums
This sign shows that your pet has anemia, lacking blood in its body. Fleas are literally sucking the juices out of it!
Getting Rid of Fleas
To successfully get rid of fleas, you have to seek and employ several efficient methods that will be fruitful. Some of these methods are:
- Pet Treatment
The first step is treating your pet to ward of existing fleas on it. There are several products which can be used in this case such as Advantage II and Frontline Plus.
- Cleaning your Home
Sweep and vacuum floors to take care of the flea eggs. Vacuuming should be a frequently conducted method especially in areas where the pet lie.
- Use Foggers
Using foggers to deal with these fleas is also a way out of this situation.
Hiring an exterminator in your region, especially here in Napa, is a thing to consider. It won’t be a waste of time for you to get professionals to do the work for you. Give us a call through (800) 430-3778 and we’ll reach out in the least time possible.