Size: Fleas are tiny insects measuring about 1/16-inch in
length, and are laterally flattened.
Color: Reddish brown.
Their flat shape allows them to easily pass between the hairs of animals.
The cat flea is the species involved in most home infestations and will
attack both cats and dogs. It is usually carried into the home by a pet
and once inside, large populations can build up quickly.
One female flea can lay about 18 eggs a day and just 20 fleas on a dog
can produce 360 eggs per day and over 2000 eggs in a week. After the home
is treated, it may take up to two weeks or more before fleas are no longer
seen. The reason for this is that flea pupae are unaffected by the
treatment until the adult fleas emerge from their pupal cocoon. In any
flea population, all stages of the flea will be present including numerous
pupae. It will take several weeks for all adult fleas to emerge from these
pupae and contact the treatment. Vacuuming as often as possible after the
treatment can speed up this process because it stimulates adult fleas to
emerge from their cocoons.
Controlling a flea infestation successfully requires four steps:
Preparation for treatment
Treatment of pets
Treatment of the inside premises
Treatment of flea activity sites outside
Obviously, the pet is critical to minimizing flea infestations and
regular grooming helps to limit fleas on the pet. For this reason, you
should keep your pet groomed and treated with on-animal flea control
Step One. Any flea treatment will be less effective if the home is not
prepared properly by completing the following steps:
Remove all items, such as toys, clothes, and pet food from all
Remove all items from under beds and in the bottom of closets.
Wash or replace pet bedding.
Vacuum all carpets and rugs thoroughly, including beneath beds and
Clean all wood, tile, and linoleum floors by sweeping and mopping.
Clean concrete floors with soap and water in the garage, basement,
or enclosed patio where pets rest or stay.
Remove all pets including birds and reptiles. Cover fish tanks with
a damp towel and turn off the air pump.
Replace any pet bedding outdoors and make all shaded areas,
crawlspaces, etc. available for treatment.
Arrange to be out of the home for several hours until the treatment
has thoroughly dried.
Step Two. The homeowner needs to arrange for treating the pet. A number
of on-animal treatment products are now available. Treatment of pets
should be done under the direction of a veterinarian.
Step Three. In homes that have an active flea infestation, a residual
treatment combined with an insect growth regulator should be applied.
Professionals, such as kill-con Termite and Pest Control, can best
accomplish this treatment by using specialized equipment. Efforts will be
focused on the areas where pets rest or sleep. These are the sites where
the most fleas will be located.
Step Four. Outside, treatment will be applied to shaded areas and
beneath shrubs and decks where pets rest or sleep. Again, we at kill-Con
Termite and Pest Solutions have the right equipment to provide this
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