Fleas

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What are the characteristics of fleas?

Fleas possess flattened bodies with a dark reddish-brown hue. They sport six legs and a pair of antennae, lacking wings but equipped with robust legs facilitating their impressive jumping abilities. These pests vary in size, ranging from 1/12 to 1/6 inch in length.

When Are Fleas Most Active?

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Insights into Fleas:

Did you know that fleas are ectoparasites, sustaining themselves by feeding on the blood of various warm-blooded animals?

Among the plethora of flea species, the most prevalent is the cat flea.

Fleas boast a lifespan of approximately 100 days, during which females can generate up to 2,000 offspring.

Surprisingly, one need not own pets to confront a flea infestation on their premises.

Understanding the Biology of Fleas:

Throughout their lifecycle, fleas undergo complete metamorphosis, progressing through four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. This transformation spans from two to three weeks to several months, thriving in warm temperatures and high humidity.

For sustenance, newly emerged adult fleas necessitate a blood meal within a week.

Where do Fleas Typically Reside?

Outdoors, fleas favor grassy, shaded areas near the soil, sheltered from direct sunlight. Moreover, areas accommodating outdoor animal dwellings such as dog houses are prone to flea infestations.

Indoors, fleas often inhabit pet beds, carpeting, upholstered furniture, and bedding, particularly if pets are permitted to rest there.

Dietary Habits of Fleas:

Adult fleas subsist on the blood of warm-blooded animals and humans, while flea larvae primarily consume flea feces and decomposing animal and plant matter before transitioning to blood meals from hosts.

Assessing the Risks Associated with Fleas:

A 2023 study featured on PCT’s website revealed that Texas, California, and New Mexico exhibit the highest combined rates of common flea-borne diseases such as cat scratch disease, typhus, and plague. Hence, individuals residing in these states should remain vigilant about flea-related concerns.

Although not all flea bites pose significant health risks, it’s important to note that flea saliva can induce allergic reactions in both humans and animals.

How do Fleas Enter Your Environment?

While pets serve as the primary carriers of fleas into homes, these pests can also infiltrate through rodents like mice sneaking in through exterior openings. Moreover, they may hitchhike on used furniture, personal belongings, or even directly jump onto individuals.

Though pet owners are more susceptible to flea infestations, homeowners without pets can also confront this issue when introducing flea-infested items or harboring wildlife on their premises serving as hosts for these ectoparasites.

Combatting Flea Infestations:

At Greenline Pest Solutions, we provide comprehensive flea control services in Northern Utah and across our Utah service area. If you’ve detected fleas in your home or yard, reach out to us today to explore our solutions for exterminating these pests from your property.

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