Fleas are not a sign of poor housekeeping and can be found in many types of premises. Usually related to pet cats and dogs, fleas will be extraordinarily distressing for humans. There are four stages in a flea’s lifecycle, these are egg to larvae, pupa on to adult.
Depending on the environment the flea is in, the temperature and humidity levels the lifecycle can take anywhere from a matter of weeks to a number of months. Fleas can vary in colour, from being light brown to nearly black, although most encountered by a pest control operator are a reddish brown colour. They have a flattened appearance, which allows them to move easily through hair and fur and are covered in backward facing bristles.
Fleas have well developed muscles in their hind limbs and they also have a unique skeletal structure with special adaptations for jumping. Adult fleas tend to live as parasites on most warm-blooded animals and although they have preferred hosts they will feed on other sources of blood in the absence of these hosts.
What damage can Fleas do?
Fleas will most often go unnoticed until either you or your pets begin to suffer. When very hungry, fleas can jump onto humans (which actually not their preferred host) feed a little on your blood, then jump off again to await a more suitable host such as your cat or dog. Bites to us humans may cause intense red irritation around a centre spot, making us itch and becoming sore which can last for up to 2 days. First flea bites aren’t normally responsible for any serious types of reactions although further bites may lead to hypersensitivity among some more sensitive people.
How do I get rid of Fleas?
Fleas can be difficult to control and if they aren’t dealt with effectively and professionally they can survive and spread at alarming rates. Adult fleas can lay dormant for up to six months to a year without feeding, so it’s essential you use a qualified technician to control your flea problems.