Winchester Pest Control
Winchester Pest Control

Winchester Pest Control

 Integrated Pest Management

 Telephone - 781-729-1893

Fleas - General Information
 Fleas are an external parasite which means they live on another animal (host) to obtain food & shelter. Most people know that fleas cause discomfort by biting, but a lesser known fact is they can transmit several types of diseases such as the plague & murine typhus. Of the different types of fleas in the world, the two most common types found in this region are the cat flea & dog flea.

 Cat & dog fleas are similar in appearance & biology; adults are about 1/8" long and they are brownish to black in color (reddish black when full of blood). The adult females lay 4 to 8 eggs after each blood meal and will deposit their eggs on animal fur (on or between the animal hairs). The eggs will usually hatch in less than 12 days and the larvae will develop to adult in a range from a few weeks to several months depending on variations of moisture and/or temperature.

 Once established on a host, fleas will spend most of their time feeding, mating & laying eggs on that host, unless dislodged. The adults, larvae & pupae routinely fall off (or are shaken off) a host and can survive in areas where the host or other potential animal hosts frequent, sleeps or nests. Although they may have a preferred host, they can survive using other species as hosts such as rabbits, rodents or other animals. Because of a potentially long pupal period, fleas can survive several months without feeding. If a building is unoccupied for a time, fleas can lay dormant until people and/or pets re-enter and their activity will resume.