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Fleas and Flea Exterminators

INTRODUCTION: Fleas are one of the more important groups of insect pest because they not only cause discomfort by biting, but they can transmit several diseases such as the rare Bubonic Plague and the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious Flea Allergy Dermatitis in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reaction in humans.  Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Cat fleas are the most common domestic flea and are commonly found on cats, dogs and humans.

FLEA RECOGNITION: Adults about 1/8” long.  Body laterally flattened (side to side). Color is brownish black to black, but reddish black when full of blood.  Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 horizontally. Mature larvae about twice the adult length (1/4”).  Larvae are whitish, slender, eyeless, and legless, with a well-developed head.

HABITS: Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals, like opossums, raccoons, and skunks in urban settings. They infest both household pets and wild animals. Fleas usually remain on their warm-blooded hosts at all times and typically are found where animals sleep or frequent.  They can also be found on shoes, pant legs, or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments.

BIOLOGY: Females lay 4-8 eggs after each blood meal, laying some 400-500 during their lifetime. Eggs are oval, whitish, and about 1/64” long; they do not stick to the hairs or body but deposited on or between the hairs of the animal.  The eggs either fall or are shaken off, and are frequently found in cracks and crevices where pets sleep or frequent. They usually hatch in about 2 days (range 1-12 days).

 
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