There are many different types of fleas, but the most common are the cat and dog fleas. Dog fleas are small, flat, wingless parasites that feed on the blood of its host. Adult dog fleas are between 1-4 millimeters long and are black or dark brown in color, although their appearance may change after feeding. Cat fleas range from 1–2 millimeters long and are usually a reddish-brown color. These feline-attacking fleas can produce several hundred eggs in a lifetime, which can be anywhere from several days to a year!
Female fleas lay eggs loosely in the hair of the host animal. This animal is usually a cat or dog, but they can be found on any number of animals including raccoons, birds, opossums, skunks, woodchucks, and even humans! The eggs drop off and hatch in 2-14 days into tiny, hairy, worm-like larvae. Flea larvae can be found in the kennel or cage of your animal, along baseboards, in carpets, or even on or inside furniture. Cat flea eggs are less than 1 millimeter in size, white, and oval in shape. New adult fleas immediately seek a host and must get a blood meal in order to survive.
Flea bites are probably the most irritating aspect of dealing with these insects. Actually considered a puncture wound, these bites can cause red, swollen spots that are extremely itchy. The bites are usually clustered together and they can remain itchy for several weeks. Fleas can be difficult to get rid of once inside your home and requires work from both you and our technicians. Any infected or potentially infected areas must be thoroughly vacuumed or washed before our technicians can treat the area, and it may still require multiple applications.
Did You Know?
That there are over 2,500 different types of fleas, but the Cat Flea is the most common for household pets.