Fleas are usually a problem for pet owners. Fleas infest your pets’ fur and the places where they usually stay. Fleas depend on the blood of their host to survive and although their bites may not be painful, they can be very annoying and itchy.
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Adults are about 1/8 inch long. Their body is laterally flattened and are brownish black to black. They have a reddish back when they are full of blood. They have no wings and hop when they move.
Flea Myths Busted
This article will put to rest five myths about fleas that Pest Management Professionals hear each year.
MYTH #1 - Flea eggs hatch on the animal.
Flea eggs hatch on the ground, in carpeting, furniture and pet bedding - not on pets. Adult fleas attach themselves to animals for a blood meal before reproducing.
MYTH #2 - Fleas prefer any warm-blooded animal for their blood meals (including people).
Though fleas will bite people, their preferred is a furry animal.
MYTH #3 - Sealing cracks and crevices is a good flea control strategy.
While exclusion is advised for many pest problems, it doesn’t have a real benefit for flea control. Sealing cracks and crevices prevents rodents and other potential hosts from entering the house but most fleas enter a structure on their host animal.
MYTH #4 - The only good flea control strategy is to rid a home of adult fleas.
Though adult fleas are easy to locate, eggs, larvae and pupae are a different case. These life stages are less active and found in hard - to - reach places in a home. So the treatment strategy must include an adulticide for the adults and an insect growth regulator to eliminate immature stages.
MYTH #5 - The only way to eliminate fleas is with surface spraying.
In addition to surface spraying with an adulticide and IGR, homeowners must protect their pets from fleas by treating regularly with a topical or oral product. Regular vacuuming of the home is also mandatory during flea season.