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What is a Flea?


All you need to know about Fleas

Fleas are the most familiar parasite that dwells on furry creatures, for example, cats and dogs. There are an expected 2,000 types of insects around the world, and over 300 sorts are found in the US. The cat flea is the most widely recognized domestic flea. Other types of fleas consist of human fleas, dog fleas, and rodent fleas.

How does a flea look like?

Fleas are little, wingless insects with three sets of legs. Grown-up insects are around 1/8 of an inch long. They are dark brown colored in color and they bite. They can be difficult to spot since they fly so quickly. Flea combs is a great way to get a hold on them for an assessment.

What does a flea eat?

Fleas live on any warm-blooded creatures, as well as humans. But, they prefer furry animals such as cats, dogs, rats, mice, rabbits, opossums, and raccoons.

What is flea’s natural habitat?

When a flea hatches and turns into a grown-up, it utilizes its legs to hop onto a host, where it likely stays constantly. When attached, the flea will feed, mate and also lay eggs. The eggs regularly tumble off of the host into the yard, bedding, blankets, etc.

Are fleas risky?

Fleas cause inconvenience from biting, yet they are additionally transmitters of the bubonic plague. While there are not many cases revealed today, this unusual ailment cleared out 33% of Europe in the fourteenth century. Also, they can spread the bacterial illness murine typhus, which is transmitted to people through infected rodents. In pets, Fleas act as an intermediary host for tapeworm. The saliva of these vermin is known to cause genuine flea allergy dermatitis in cats and dogs.

How can I stop a flea influx?

There are a couple of tips that people must follow to avoid fleas from turning into an itchy annoyance.

Around the Home

Maintain a hygienic home. Good sanitation is vital to avoiding any infestation.

Vacuum rugs, floors and furniture often, and regularly wash linens, to drive out any current Fleas and help prevent the laying of eggs.

Since fleas can transfer themselves on rats, it’s imperative to wipe out any rat harborage points by keeping the grass cut properly. Mow the lawn regularly; fix the loose mortar and weather stripping around windows ad basements, and getting rid of all dampness zones around the property.

Pet Care

Check pets’ furs carefully for Fleas, particularly subsequent to spending time outside. Excessive scratching and licking is also a sign.

Wash pets after walks.

Wash pet bedding, and other toys regularly.

Talk to a vet about flea preventive medications.

How to get rid of fleas?

Fleas can replicate rapidly, which makes flea invasions exceptionally hard to control. Truth be told, insects can deliver upwards of 400 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. A vet can suggest the best strategies and products for treating Fleas on your pet. If you find insects in your house, it’s essential to contact an authorized pest expert to help with flea control. If you need further assistance please reach out to Beebe’s Pest Control. 

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