Ctenicephalides canis, the dog flea, and C. felis, the cat flea, are 2 of the most common species, Both of that are parasites on human, poultry, and livestock. Pulex irritans, the human flea, the species most often found on people, is common throughout the globe.The dog flea, cat flea, along with human flea tend to be intermediate hosts of the dog tapeworm. Tapeworm eggs are deposited in fecal material, and several of these eggs may hang on to the hair of the main host. Fleas swallow the eggs, which then undergo some development in the flea. If an animal or a person unintentionally swallowed an infected flea, an adult tapeworm grows within the brand new host. Dog eczema is usually associated with the presence of fleas.
Fleas are controlled by destroying the adults and making breeding places unsuitable for a larval life. Agents must be properly used to avoid injury to the infected animal or person.
How to Identify Fleas
- Fleas are a wingless insect
- Fleas feed on the blood of their host
- Adult fleas which are slightly more than 0.3 cm ( more than 0.1 inches) long, have broad, rather flat bodies, short antennae, and piercing and sucking mouthparts
- Adult fleas thin and flattened bodies enables them to move easily through the fur and feathers of their host animals
- Sharp claws are used by adult fleas to anchor themselves to their host
- Adult fleas mouthparts are used for piercing skin and sucking blood
- Adult fleas eyes are either minute or absent
- Adult fleas long, powerful legs enable them to leap relatively high into the air
- Their eggs are laid under carpets, in the folds of tapestry, in refuse piles, and in other places that provide safety and nutrition
How do I know if I have a flea infestation?
- Examine your pet’s fur. If your dog or cats looks to have some discomfort and is continuously scratching or biting their fur
- Pull back pet fur as well as search for a number of dots on the groin and armpit areas of your pet
- Check for fleas if your pet is scratching or grooming constantly.
- If you notice fleas hopping on carpets drapery, on family pet bedding, floor coverings, area rugs and even on other furnishings
- Bite marks and irritation on humans as well as faecal dropping, this is ‘flea dirt’ or adult flea faeces and looks like ground black pepper. A great way to find it is to use a flea comb over a sheet of white paper, which tends to make it much easier to view the little black specks.
You might get fleas even in case you don’t have pets, particularly in case previous owners of your home maintained dogs or cats, that’s why pre-inspections is necessary before you buy a property. If they’re not treated quickly, flea problems can quickly affect your household or business. Not only customers might also steer clear, not merely will staff find working in the premises of yours intolerable. You might lose revenue and end up getting a damaged reputation. Contact Select Pest & Termite Control immediately to treat your home, yard, and pet and to avoid re-infestation.