Cat and dog fleas can be found in the same area and are very similar in appearance. Adult fleas are small, 1/8th inch long, wingless, laterally flattened, and have piercing-sucking mouthparts.
Fleas have very well-developed legs that allow them to jump at least six inches straight up.
Flea larva are ¼ inches long when fully developed. They look like fly maggots except for their well-developed heads.
Fleas undergo a complete metamorphosis. After each blood meal, females lay four to eight eggs at a time on the host animal, (400-800 total within her lifetime). The eggs fall off into nest, bedding, or other locations where the animal lays, plays or stays.
Eggs hatch in about 10 days and feed on adult feces which contain dried blood.
Depending on temperature, in warm months the larva molt three times in a period of seven days to several months in colder weather.
Adult fleas live remains on the host animal unless knocked off by scratching.
Effective flea control requires customer cooperation and three steps of treatment.
Sanitation, insecticide application and on-animal flea control.
The house must be thoroughly vacuumed, to remove flea larve, pupae and food materials.
Pets should be treated by a veterinarian, pet groomer, or the owner to make sure the adult fleas are controlled at the source.
A professional control process will include:
- Inspection – The first step in any professional treatment program is, inspection.
- Identification – Before you can treat you must know which type of pet is in the home because smaller pets may go into smaller areas and if you miss these smaller areas the treatment may not be successful.
- Determination – Once you have identified the pets resting sites you must determine the proper treatment process. Which treatments will work best for this infestation?
- Control – Making the correct application of product.
- Communication – The last part of a successful flea control is communication. Our technician reports, what was found during our inspection, what we did about it and what you can expect from our treatment. He will also discuss if further follow up treatments should be scheduled to make sure the problem is solved.