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Signs that you have a Flea Infestation
- seeing fleas hopping on your drapery, carpet, or furniture
- seeing multiple dot-like insects in your pet’s fur
- seeing your pets scratch, lick, or bite their fur excessively
What Causes a Flea Infestation?
Fleas may hop onto your pet’s fur from another pet or from infested dirt or grass outside. When the fleas reproduce, more fleas can infest your home. They tend to hide in bedding, furniture, and floor cracks.
Fleas also like to stay on an animal’s underbelly, so they can easily be transferred to your carpet when your pet lies down.
Fleas live and breed in warm, moist places, so infestations are usually worse in the summer months.
When do you need a Flea Treatment
Flea Treatments become necessary when you or your animals have excessive bites on a daily basis.
The Flea Treatment needs to be done aggressively and on a regular basis to rid you and your animals from a re-infestation.
Numbers Speak For Themselves!
Identify a Fleas Infestation
Fleas are wingless insects, 1.5 to 3.3 mm long, that are agile, usually dark colored (for example, the reddish-brown of the cat flea), with a proboscis, or stylet, adapted to feeding by piercing the skin and sucking their host’s blood through their epipharynx. Flea legs end in strong claws that are adapted to grasp a host.
Fleas lay tiny, white, oval eggs. The larvae are small and pale, have bristles covering their worm-like bodies, lack eyes, and have mouth parts adapted to chewing. The larvae feed on organic matter, especially the feces of mature fleas, which contain dried blood. Adults feed only on fresh blood.
Fleas feed on a wide variety of warm-blooded vertebrates including humans, dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels, ferrets, rats, mice and birds. Fleas normally specialize in one host species or group of species, but can often feed but not reproduce on other species.
Ceratophyllus gallinae affects poultry as well as wild birds. As well as the degree of relatedness of a potential host to the flea’s original host, it has been shown that avian fleas that exploit a range of hosts, only parasitise species with low immune responses.
In general, host specificity decreases as the size of the host species decreases. Another factor is the opportunities available to the flea to change host species; this is smaller in colonially nesting birds, where the flea may never encounter another species, than it is in solitary nesting birds. A large, long-lived host provides a stable environment that favors host-specific parasites.
One theory of human hairlessness is that the loss of hair helped humans to reduce their burden of fleas and other ectoparasites.
Direct effects of bites
In many species, fleas are principally a nuisance to their hosts, causing an itching sensation which in turn causes the host to try to remove the pest by biting, pecking or scratching. Fleas are not simply a source of annoyance, however.
Flea bites cause a slightly raised, swollen, irritating nodule to form on the epidermis at the site of each bite, with a single puncture point at the center, like a mosquito bite.
This can lead to an eczematous itchy skin disease called flea allergy dermatitis, which is common in many host species, including dogs and cats.
The bites often appear in clusters or lines of two bites, and can remain itchy and inflamed for up to several weeks afterwards. Fleas can lead to secondary hair loss as a result of frequent scratching and biting by the animal. They can also cause anemia in extreme cases.