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FLEAS

Fleas have been around for millions of years, sucking the blood of animals and humans. Fleas live on pets, mammals, in carpets, in sofas as well as other household and farm goods. In a typical room, 5 percent of the fleas will be found on pets. 10 percent of the fleas will still be in their flea cocoons in the carpets. 35 percent of the immature fleas will be flea larvae. 50 percent of the unborn fleas will still be in their flea eggs.

The female flea lays a few eggs daily that total up to several throughout its lifetime. The eggs are laid on the pet and most drop off where pets spend most of their time. Pet bedding, floor crevices, carpeting, along baseboards and areas near their favorite sleeping and napping sites are especially likely places where eggs will be found. These eggs hatch into legless larvae. The larvae spin a cocoon and, depending on environmental conditions, emerge as adults in as few as five days.

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The Flea life cycle is similar to the butterfly life cycle. 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. Then something warm walks or crawls by the pupae. They instinctively pop out of their cocoon and jump on the warm blooded animal. May be you. All this happens within seconds.

The newly hatched flea can jump as high as three feet. Fleas feed on blood, and a flea can live without a blood meal for 100 days. A female has to have a blood meal to lay eggs. In addition, it lays eggs within 36-48 hours of having the first blood meal. A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Fleas are very tiny creatures, the adults average 1/8th of an inch in size. They have a flat body from side to side, with piercing mouths that help them in sucking blood. Fleas are often confused with bed bugs, lice and ticks. However, fleas are reddish brown to black in appearance, and they are also wingless.

Fleas are parasites, feeding directly on humans or other warm blooded animals. Usually you or your pets serve as these hosts. A skin reaction to a flea bite appears as a slightly raised and red itchy spot. Sometimes these sores bleed. Fleas usually require warm and humid conditions to develop. Successful treatment with liquid treatments involves the use of a residual concentrate to control the adult flea. We combine these with other several methods. The control measures are mainly aimed at eradicating the flea from your environment.

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