Fleas are insect pests of humans and their animals all over the world. The flea has a narrow body, enabling it to move through animal hair. Fleas can fit into all types of narrow areas around a home. The adult flea is covered in spines that project backward. These spines help the flea move forward through hair. The spines also keep the flea in place when hosts begin scratching. Adult fleas have piercing sucking mouthparts to penetrate the skin and suck blood. Fleas have powerful legs that enable them to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and as far as 16 inches horizontally.
It is important to schedule an appointment quickly because fleas constantly lay eggs. A female will lay a few eggs each day until she has laid 300. Most of the eggs will hatch within 2 - 3 days. Cat fleas can live up to 3 weeks on a host. Flea larvae feed on flea feces or dried blood. The larvae will grow through 3 instars in a week. The mature larva spins itself into a cocoon for 10 days. After 10 days, a mature adult emerges. Some fleas remain in their cocoons for up to a year waiting for a host to stimulate them to come out of their cocoons. This explains why some people move into a new home and are surprise attacked by fleas. When you have a flea problem, it is necessary to commit to a regular service as fleas can re-emerge at any point.
The climate and environment in South East Florida are perfect for growing large populations of fleas quickly. Fleas can carry and transmit plague and typhus. Cat Fleas are more common than Dog Fleas. Cat Fleas are carriers of dog tape worm. The typical skin reaction to flea bites on humans is formation of a small, hard, red, itchy, and slightly raised spot.
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