Fleas are one of the most common household pests in the United States. Although small in size, they can cause serious heartache for family members and their pets.
Female Produce up to 5,000 Eggs
Ever wonder why it’s so hard to control fleas in your home? Well, one of the reasons is because females lay up to 5,000 eggs in their lifetime. Assuming there are just 100 female fleas in your home, that’s half a million eggs!
Only 5% are Adults
Reports indicate that just 5% of a typical flea infestation are adult fleas. The remaining 95% are eggs, larvae, and pupae. That means for every five “normal” fleas you see, there are 95 others scattered throughout your home in different stages of their life cycle.
Vector for Infectious Disease
Fleas are more than just a nuisance; they can carry dangerous infectious diseases, including the bubonic and septicemic plague.
Fleas can Drink 15x Their Body Weight in Blood
To say fleas drink a lot of blood would be an understatement. Fleas can drink up to 15x their body weight in blood per day.
Some People and Pets are Allergic to Fleas
Even if you don’t succumb to infectious illness from a flea bit, you may still experience an allergic reaction. Affecting both humans and pets alike, Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is a condition that’s characterized by skin redness, itching, and inflammation in response to a flea bite.
Fleas can Jump 100x Their Length
Relative to body size, fleas are one of the most capable jumpers in the animal kingdom. Using their hind legs, they can jump to heights of 7 inches, which is about 100x their body length.
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Fleas are tiny, pesky insects that can drive humans and their pets crazy. Without proper prevention, infestations happen quickly and can run rampant.
Fleas feed on blood. While they prefer dogs and cats as their hosts, fleas also bite and feed on humans.
Fleas thrive in warm, humid areas. In many areas, Texas included, flea season can last year round. This makes continuous prevention essential. Fleas spread by jumping hosts. Animals leave them behind on blankets, carpet, furniture and clothing.
The life of a flea begins as an egg, then turns to larva, then pupa, and finally adult. The full transformation takes about a month. However, the pupa can remain dormant in this stage for a full year. Fleas usually live two or three months. Female fleas will lay up to 40-50 eggs per day.
Biting fleas cause itching and widespread skin irritation. Beyond that, they can cause allergies, diseases such as Lyme disease, and serious skin infections. Animals that are infected can also harm their skin with excessive scratching and nipping. Unlike with animals, fleas don’t live on human beings. However, they can jump on for a quick meal. This leaves red, itchy bumps and causes skin irritation.
Fleas are more than just small nuisances. Left alone, these critters can infest pets, homes, and families. In order to keep this from happening, talk to your veterinarian about prevention measures for your pet(s). It’s also a good idea to treat your home.
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