Pest Control News

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Fleas

Fleas

We have had quite a few enquiries recently about flea infestations. Flea problems can be very tricky to deal with. This is because we tend to treat the adults as we can see these (although even the adults can be tricky to spot) but fleas reproduce very quickly. Here are some facts about fleas;

·     Fleas are actually parasites; they live of mammals and birds. Adult fleas only eat blood meals. Which is why living on their food host is perfect for them. 

·     They are typically small in size, no bigger than 3mm long when fully grown adults. Adult fleas have flat bodies, this makes moving through fur and feathers easier. 

·     They are reddish brown in colour and have long back legs. These legs are extremely strong. Fleas can actually jump really high, far higher than what their size should allow for. This skill means they can jump from host to host easily and efficiently. 

·     Adults will only consume fresh blood.

·     Female fleas can lay over 1000 eggs in a lifetime depending on the species of flea. 

·     Adult fleas typically live for approximately 2 months. However, if the environment is right, they can live for much longer. 

·     Fleas lay white eggs, these eggs hatch into larvae. The larvae are worm like in appearance and white in colour. They feed off of adult flea waste and dead skin cells. 

·     In an infestation of fleas, adults only make up about 5 % of the population. That means just dealing with the adult fleas you can see is no good. The eggs produced by fleas can make up 50% of the population!




Flea infestations are very hard to treat by yourself. It is strongly advised that you contact a professional pest controller. We can help identify and treat the infestation successfully and get rid of these pests once and for all!