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Fleasflea

There are about 2,200 species of fleas in the world. The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felix, is the most commonly found flea in the US and infests cats, dogs, birds, humans, and other mammals. When a flea bites a human, it causes a slightly raised, red, itching spot on the skin. The flea can jump approximately one foot high. Due to the flea’s unique life cycle, flea treatments usually require more than on visit by an ArmaXX technician.

Egg

Females lay 4-8 eggs after each blood meal, laying some roughly 600 eggs during their lifetime. The eggs are deposited between hairs, or in bedding material. In effect, eggs deposited on the animal either fall and/or shaken off the host. The egg typically rows into cracks and crevices where pets frequent. Eggs are oval, whitish, and about 1/64" long. They usually hatch in 1-12 days.

Larva

The larvae are blind and prefer dark places. The humidity levels are a major factor in the larvae growth pattern. Higher humidity results in faster development – roughly 1-2 weeks. Lower humidity causes a slower development rate - taken several months before the next stage. In fact, larvae fail to develop at temperatures below 55 degrees F and at or above 95 degrees F. Their food source consists of adult flea feces, hair, skin, and other organic matter. The larvae are usually hidden in carpet fibers, furniture cushions, and beddings.

Pupa

The pupa matures to adult within a cocoon which usually consists of carpet fibers, pet hair, and other debris. Typically, the adult flea will emerge in 1 – 2 weeks from the cocoon. Adults emerge from the cocoon by human/pet movement, increased heat, noise, and vibrations. Pupae are typically found where the animal sleeps or frequents

Adult

Female fleas lay up to twenty eggs per day. Adults usually seek a blood meal on the second day of emergence, but can live for several months without eating. Once on a host, they rarely leave - unless shaken off. Adults can live up to two months or one year without eating; however, they cannot survive without blood.

Health Concerns

  • Cat fleas may transmit plague and murine typhus.

  • Dog & rodent tapeworm occasionally infest humans, especially very young children.

Ask about our Home Protection Plan, this is the best protection we can provide to control pests in and around your home. Pests are a constant threat to your home environment and with on-going inspection, treatment and correction of conducive conditions, All County can provide a much better living environment for you and your family.

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