Fleas are small insects that cannot fly. They are external parasites that live by consuming the blood of their hosts, mammals and birds. Adults are up to about 3 mm (0.12 in) long and usually brown. They move through their host’s fur and feathers by flattening their bodies sideways, their strong claws prevent them from becoming dislodged. They do not have wings, but have mouth parts adapted for piercing and sucking blood. Their hind legs are adapted for jumping and enable them to leap a distance of 50 times their body length. Their larvae have no limbs, like worms and have chewing mouth parts that feed on organic debris.
Fleas are common in homes with pets, or homes that pets previously occupied. The greatest concern about fleas is that they bite! Let us help you bite back! Give Pest Pros a call today to discuss treatment options and pricing.
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UNDERSTANDING THE FLEA LIFE CYCLE
It is helpful to understand the flea’s life cycle in order to understand how treatments work. There are several stages to the life cycle of a flea: egg, larva or caterpillar, pupa or cocoon, and adult. The length of time it takes to complete the cycle varies depending on environmental conditions such as the availability of a host, humidity and temperature. Adult females live for several weeks on your pet. During that time she will feed on the animals blood two to three times and lay twenty to thirty eggs each day. This can add up to several hundred eggs over her lifetime. The eggs fall off the pet into the carpet, bedding, yard and wherever else the animal spends their time.
These eggs then develop where they have landed. They can develop in small cracks in the floor on in your carpet. The eggs then hatch into larvae. The larvae feed on organic matter, skin scales, and blood-rich feces from adult fleas.
The larvae molt twice, then form a cocoon and pupate until they hatch and become an adult. They emerge from these cocoons when the detect vibrations, heat and carbon dioxide. Which indicate that a host is near by.
Under the best conditions, the flea can complete its entire life cycle in fourteen days.
Knowing this life cycle allows us to understand why it is important to treat both the host animal and their indoor and outdoor environment to fully control a flea infestation.
Ticks are small arachnids. Ticks are external parasites, that live by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Larval ticks hatch with six legs, acquiring the other two after a blood meal and molting into the nymph stage. In the nymphal and adult stages, ticks have eight legs, each of which has seven segments and is tipped with a pair of claws. The legs are sometimes ornamented and usually bear sensory or tactile hairs. In addition to being used for locomotion, the tarsus of leg contains a unique sensory structure, Haller’s organ, which can detect odors and chemicals emanating from the host, as well as sensing changes in temperature and air currents. When not being used for walking, the legs remain tightly folded against the body.
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