Fleas: The silent bloodsucker; “Catch me if you can!”
Not only are fleas a tremendous nuisance to humans and animals, but they can also be a cause of many medical problems including tapeworms, skin irritations and many allergies. But what do we know about fleas? Take a look at this collection of information about fleas–maybe you’ll learn something!
Adult fleas are typically just 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch long and dark reddish-brown in color. Usually, though, you simply recognize them as a little black dot. They are wingless and very difficult to crush between the fingers due to their hard bodies.
They are excellent jumpers, making them even harder to catch or kill–but did you know that they can jump upward 7 inches and over 13 inches? That might not seem like that much of a distance, but it makes them nearly impossible to catch. They nourish themselves off of the blood of humans and animals and can spread disease.
Flea eggs can take just a couple days and up to two weeks to hatch, and can develop as early as in one week and as late as several months to a fully mature flea. A flea can live up to one year without food! That is why when you leave a home vacant for a long period of time, it is at risk for flea infestation.
If you have a home that is left unoccupied for even just a few weeks out of a year, you should be aware that the following things about your home can support fleas:
- Home left unsanitary during absence
- Fleas can invade a home regardless of the physical barriers present, due to their agility and tiny size–but especially when a home is not kept regularly vacuumed and sanitized, they can flourish. By regularly and thoroughly vacuuming, you collect most flea larvae before they can hatch, causing the population to die down.
- Countermeasures to battle reproduction are seized
- Fleas reproduce incredibly fast (In just one month, 10 female fleas can multiply to over a quarter million!). So if the previous occupants of a home used professional pest control services and suddenly canceled while leaving the home unoccupied, just a tiny population of invading fleas could spawn in to millions in just months.
- Unoccupied by people and animals (no blood source)
- But fleas require no food for up to a year
- Climate control turned off, causes humidity and warmth
- They lay dormant in the larvae state in almost any environment (but especially in warm, moist climate).
To prevent fleas, the only sure solution is to retain the services of a pest control professional and to do your best to maintain a clean and tidy home. While a pest control professional can’t vacuum your floors and pick up your pet’s toys, he or she can be there to support your home’s defense against these blood-sucking creatures.
Talk with someone at Pest Care today through our Contact Us form or via telephone (727) 584-3838 to find out how to protect your home.
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