flea pest control
Flea Key Facts
Adult fleas are small (averages 2mm in size) wingless insects, with flattened and red-brown.
Fleas have backwardly directed spines and legs designed for jumping.
The most common species of Flea is the Cat Flea.
The mouthparts of an adult flea are adapted for sucking blood from a host.
Female fleas lay as many as 50 eggs a day.
They avoid light and are often found around pet sleeping areas, along baseboards, in carpets or on furniture
Fleas are ectoparasitic insects, meaning they live on the outside of a host animal.
They feed on the blood of mammals and birds It’s estimated that there are around 2,500 species of flea in the world. Fleas can live on any warm-blooded animal but are often found to be living on humans, domestic animals and rodents.
When not feeding on a host, fleas are mainly active in communal rooms, places where pets sleep and wherever there is most activity. Fleas and their eggs can be commonly found in soft furnishings which provide plenty of insulation, such as carpets, pet bedding, clothes and upholstered furniture.Around 95% of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in the environment, not on pets.
As flea eggs can survive dormant for long periods of time, sometimes up to 18 months, it’s possible that the infestation was a problem before you even moved into your current home!
If you have pets, they can pick up fleas from other animals or places and give them a ride home.
And although it’s less common, so can humans: the fleas will hitch a ride on your clothes, your skin or hair.
Although a home or business that isn’t vacuumed or cleaned is more likely to provide a better environment for fleas to thrive, they will also infest clean places in their search for a warm-blooded host
In the UK there is little evidence that Fleas spread disease. However, Flea bites can cause intense irritation around the central bright red spot. Different people react differently to a bite, both regarding the degree of reaction and time taken to react.
You might spot bites on you or family members, usually around ankles and legs. In humans, flea bites can produce an irritating and allergic reaction. The typical symptom of a flea bite is a small red spot about 5mm in diameter.
If you have an active infestation, you may see Fleas jumping in your carpet and furniture.