Fleas

Fleas can easily be transported to your home on peoples clothing, who′s pet has fleas. If you find yourself in this situation or your pet has caught fleas call PestResolve.  We will discuss with you, your situation and the best solution  to resolve your problem. Do not allow it to get worse. 

 

Fleas, Cat Flea & Dog Flea “Ctenocephalides felis”

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  • 1- 2mm in length.

  • Usually as reddish brown colour but this can vary.

  • Cat Fleas are a very small pest and can cause great discomfort to your pet, and even humans.

The order in which the flea is recognised. The first part Syphon means the action of the mouth parts, and the second part, aptera means without wings. The Flea makes up not having wings by the shear distance that it can jump for such a small pest. The Cat Flea as with all the other fleas, is literary compressed, making this a very thin pest and hard to find in the cats coat. The Cat flea’s primary host is the domestic cat, but the cat flea is also the primary flea infesting dogs in most of the world. The female flea for her size, lays large eggs 1 mm long. One female can lay up to 1000 eggs. These are laid in small batches, generally after a blood meal. 2 to 3 days later the eggs hatch into larvae,( white & legless ) which are negatively phototaxic, meaning that they hide from light in the substrate. The larvae start to feed on, dust, debris, flakes of skin and fur, feathers, and also the blood-rich excreta of the adults.

The excreta from the adults are a major food source, full of nutrition for the young larvae. As the adults have a poor incomplete digestive system. Resulting in faecal pellets being rich in undigested blood from the host. After the larvae have shed their skin 3 times over a 3 to 4 week period, they then begin spinning a silken cocoon near there feeding area. These are often found in the bedding of the host, but can also be found in cracks in floor boards or near the resting area of the host. Depending on temperature, the adult flea usually emerges from the pupae within a month. The adult flea may stay in the cocoon until a host passes by, and stimulates its final emergence. Stimulation from physical vibration, is an efficient way of preserving energy to maximise the food stored from the larval stage. Adult fleas can remain in this state for up to a year without feeding. If you do find that you have a flea infestation, due to your cat or dog, and you dispose of the bedding. That alone will not be good enough, due to where the cocoons could be hidden, and you soon will find that you have a new infestation.

 

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