Fleas – Life Cycle and Control
Fleas will suck blood from both you (the pet owner) and your pet. These wingless bugs do not discriminate and will feed off anything that has blood flowing in them. Aside from the painful bites and the allergic reactions they cause, flea bites have the potential to spread diseases to pets and humans alike. One such disease is the rare Bubonic plague.
Fleas can also transmit diseases from one host to another as they feed
Fleas are not limited to homes which have pets. They can also be introduced into no-pet homes by haired pests such as racoons, possums and rodents among others. Fleas have long hind legs that enable them to jump up to 7” high and 13” horizontally enabling them to switch hosts easily. It might not seem much to you but relative to its size, 7” is about 150 times the height of a flea.
Imagine if you could jump 150 times your height: that’s impressive.
The life cycle of a flea
Fleas – like most insects—go through four stages in their lifecycle. These stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult. An adult flea will live for about 100 days provided there is ample food supply.
The flea’s life cycle begins after the female has laid her eggs – usually on the host’s body. She can lay batches of up to 20 eggs at a time. Since the eggs are laid on the host’s body and not anchored in any way, they might roll off and spread all over your house as your pet or the intruding pest moves around. The eggs will hatch in about 2-14 days.
The eggs hatch into blind, sunlight-avoiding larvae that limit their movement to dark places such as bedding, cracks and crevices, and sand. The larvae feed on any available organic materials such as faeces, vegetable matter and dead insects.
With enough food, flea larvae will pupate weaving itself into silken cocoons in about 1-2 weeks.
The developing flea will stay in this “resting” phase until it fully develops into an adult after which it will be ready to emerge. Fleas will usually stay in rest until they detect a host nearby.
Controlling fleas can be a bit difficult and requires several measures for success to be realised. As they say; prevention is better than cure. It is, therefore, wise to prevent the introduction of fleas into your home by taking the following measures:
- Cover potential pest entry points in your house to ensure that no haired pest gets into your home.
- Vacuum your carpets, upholstered furniture, furnishings and cracks in your floorboards regularly to get rid of eggs, larvae and adult fleas.
- Wash your pet regularly with flea soap.
Even with these measures, fleas might still find their way into your home. Pestrol’s flea control products will help you make sure that no fleas survive inside your home.
Some of our flea control products include:
- Pestrol Indoor Flea Trap. This device will get rid of all fleas in your house as you sleep. It’s easy to use and uses no chemicals making it safe for the environment. In addition, the trap is collapsible for easy storage and portable to allow use in different locations.https://www.pestrol.co.nz/buy-online/pestrol-indoor-flea-trap/
- Pestrol Xtra Ultra Deal. This package includes one Pestrol Ultra Dispenser and six refill cans. The automatic dispenser will release a fine mist of pyrethrins into the air after a set interval to ensure that no fleas survive inside your home. It’s safe and effective.https://www.pestrol.co.nz/buy-online/pestrol-xtra-ultra-deal/