Posted September 6, 2021
Last week, in our Best Pest Control for Pets blog, we talked quite a bit about getting rid of fleas, so this week we decided to do a deep dive on fleas, what they do, and why you need to get rid of them.
Fleas are a common external parasite that affect millions of pets each year worldwide. Fleas have a flexible life cycle, which is part of what makes them so hard to get rid of. Their life cycle is broken up into 4 parts, egg, larva, pupa and adult. They can go through all 4 of these stages in as little as 21 days under warm, moist conditions, but they will only transfer to the next life stage if conditions are optimal. In colder weather, they may live much longer. Most flea medications for pets only kill adult fleas, so if your pet has flea eggs or larvae on them, it may take a long time to eliminate them.
While an adult fleas are only typically ⅛ of an inch long, each one can consume up to 15 times their body weight in blood every day. If you have pets, they will latch onto them and begin their blood meal. Young fleas (larva) eat the dried blood that is the excrement of adults, and the next generation of fleas will begin to grow. Within 24 hours of being on a pet, fleas will mate and reproduce, leaving little white ovals on your pets that will fall off into carpet and bedding until hatched. Because fleas bite at your pet, they will itch excessively, sometimes leading to the pet losing its hair. Taking all of this into consideration, it is absolutely vital to get rid of fleas before they create a full blown infestation.
It’s a common misconception that if you don’t have any pets, you won’t have a flea problem. The fact of the matter is that fleas will attach to anything warm blooded, and can jump up to 12 inches by some estimations. This means that if you have squirrels in your attic, raccoons in your garage or mice in your basement, you could have a flea infestation. Once the eggs have been dropped, it doesn’t take much time for the fleas to grow and move into your living space, whether it’s your bed, carpet, or favorite chair.
Thankfully, Fox Pest Control is here to help. We have the tools and knowledge to identify flea problems and exterminate them before they can become a concern for you or your pets. If you have fleas, or are just worried about them being an issue in the future give us a call today for a free inspection and estimate of your property.
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