Flea Pest Control
Fleas can make their way into even the cleanest of homes. Even if your pets are primarily indoor pets, they may fall victim to these bloodsucking pests.
Fleas are a reddish-brown tiny pest. They usually feed on animals but will also feed on humans as well. They do not have wings even though they might appear to be flying through the air. Their strong legs and flat bodies give them the ability to jump and travel from an animal to a person easily. These tiny pests are very hard to crush due to their armor like body. Their size and this armored body allows them to stay hidden in carpet without getting crushed. With the ability to jump straight up as high as 8 inches and up to 16 inches horizontally and hang out in carpet, they can spread from pet to pet or human pretty easily once inside the home.
Types of fleas & what they look like
The cat flea (ctenocephalides felis) by name would seem that it can only be found on cats. That is far from the truth. The cat flea is the most common flea.
The dog flea (ctenocephalides canis) looks very similar to a cat flea and usually can only be identified as a dog flea under a microscope. The dog flea can spread dipylidium caninum, also referred to as tapeworm.
What's the Difference Between Cat and Dog Fleas?
Their appearance is very similar to the human eye, but their appearance aside, the majority of fleas in American pets are cat fleas. Cat fleas will feed on many types of animals but dog fleas are specific to dogs. Infestations from dog fleas are very rare.
Other Types of Fleas
Also known as the oriental rat flea, Norway rat flea or tropical rat flea. They feed on rodent blood and are the carriers of murine typhus and the bubonic plaque. They feed on the infected rodent and then but and infect humans. They also are the hosts for many other diseases that are transmitted to future generations through their eggs.
Human fleas live under the skin of a human and reproduce quickly. Other fleas do not live long on humans to due lack of hair similar to an animal, but human fleas prefer human and pig skin over hair and fur.
Many bugs in the sand and at the beach jump and bite like fleas. Often people see these types of bugs and refer to them as sand or beach fleas. But the truth is, sand fleas are very small crustaceans. They do jump like fleas but they do not bite humans. They stay buried deep in the sand during the day and come out at night to eat. You are not likely to come across a true sand flea unless you are digging in the sand.
Common Questions About Fleas
Prevention of Fleas
- Clean and vacuum frequently to remove fleas and prevent the laying of eggs.
- Keep lawn maintained to avoid rodent habitat.
- Practice active flea management on your pets.
- Fleas can live for about 100 days.
- They do not fly, they jump.
- They can produce 400-500 offspring in their lifetime.
- Fleas jump 150 times their own height. If humans could do this, we could leap over skyscrapers!