Fleas and flea infestations
FACTS ABOUT FLEAS AND FLEA TREATMENTS:
- Fleas bite and live on the blood of animals and humans.
- Fleas live on pets and mammals for their food source.
- Fleas can live without a blood meal for 100 days.
- Fleas also live and hide mainly in carpets, but you will also find them in chairs, sofas, any household furniture
- Female Fleas lay eggs that turn in to grub-like larvae. The larvae then develop into pupae and settle inside a cocoon. They wait for a host to start their life and suck blood. When something warm moves by the pupae, they unzip the cocoon and jump on the animal or human body. All this happens in three seconds and the flea can jump as high as four feet.
- A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
- Fleas are tiny: the adults average 1/8th of an inch in size. They have a flat body and a piercing mouths for sucking blood.
- Fleas are reddish brown to black in appearance, and do not have wings. They are often confused with bed bugs, and ticks.
- It is important to get rid of fleas by simple methods as these insects spread serious diseases.
- Tungiasis is caused by the Chigger flea, and they can cause damage to the feet as the female species burrow into the feet and breeds there. Their feeding under the skin causes severe infection and irritation.
- Fleas can transmit Tularemia and tapeworms to humans as well as pets. Other than these diseases, fleas also can cause allergies to both humans and pets.
- Adult fleas go through stages including adults, pupae, larvae and eggs. Fleas in all stages should be killed to rid your house of them completely. Resistive pupae and larvae grow on to become adult fleas in a few weeks even though the adult fleas are killed. Fleas should be removed from all stages in their life cycle, to protect your family and pets.
Ask The Royal Butterfly About Fleas
Removing fleas yourself involves the use of chemicals, or if the problem is severe and you are not comfortable with dealing with chemicals that may be toxic, call a pest control professional.
If your pet has fleas bring them to the vet for immediate treatment and let the pest professional know that your pet has been treated for fleas.
Royal Pest will advise you to remove your pet from your home during treatment to make sure your pet is NOT over-exposed to flea treatments.