Flea Pest Control
The adult flea is between 2 - 7mm long and brownish in colour. Their bodies are narrow, allowing them to move quickly through thick fur. The legs are large, relative to their body size, enabling them to jump a long way.
The most common fleas are:
- The Dog Flea
- The Cat Flea
- The Human Flea
Fleas only exist as parasites on warm-blooded animals. Although each species of flea has a preferred host, they can exist and feed on other hosts. For example, cat and dog fleas can exist on humans. Fleas can also be found in the hosts bedding.
Cat fleas are the most plentiful, accounting for around 75% of all flea infestations. Flea populations reach their maximum in September.
Fleas are known to carry diseases and also parasitic worms, such as the dog tapeworm. However, in the UK, fleas are generally not responsible for the spread of dangerous infections. But they do inflict painful bites on their host, which show as a small red dots, surrounded by a red area.
Flea eggs are small, oval shaped and white in colour. They can be laid anywhere, such as in a hosts fir, feathers or bedding. The eggs hatch in about one week into a white larvae. The larvae thrive in dark, dank conditions and grow for about two or three weeks. Next, they spin a cocoon and begin their transformation. After seven weeks, the adult flea usually emerges, though this can be delayed by the onset of winter. A fleas life-cycle takes around 4 weeks in total.