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Flea

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Description

Flea

Pest Stats

Color

Dark reddish-brown

Legs

6

Shape

Flat

Size

1/12 to 1/6-inch long

Antennae

Yes

Region

Found throughout U.S.

Habits

Fleas have a life-span for up to 100 days and females up to 300 eggs in her lifetime. Depending on the temperature and humidity, the eggs can hatch between 2 days to 1 week. Adult fleas will not emerge until approximately 10-14 days after the eggs have hatched. Fleas typically remain on their host always except in large infestations or when they hatch and no host is present such as vacant homes. They can be found on domestic pets such as dogs and cats; livestock; rodents; and wild animals.

Habitat

Fleas infest both household pets and wild animals like opossums, raccoons and skunks. They can also hitchhike to new environments on shoes, pant legs, clothing, or blankets.

Threats

Fleas are the most carriers of parasites and disease organisms. They can also transmit diseases to humans through infested rats. Fleas were a common transmitter of the bubonic plague and can transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites present as painful, itchy red bumps.

Flea Prevention

Pet owners should practice active flea management as recommended by their vetinarian. If you suspect a flea infestation, it is important to hire a flea control professional to rid your home of fleas as soon as possible. The most effective way to get rid of fleas call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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