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Belonging to the Order Siphonaptera, fleas are small, wingless and about 2.5 mm long. Their bodies are shiny and reddish brown in color, covered with microscopic hair and are compressed to allow for easy movement through animal fur. Although fleas do not have wings, they are capable of jumping long distances.

Fleas are common external parasites of both dogs and cats. The adults are ravenous blood-feeders, consuming up to 15 times their body weight in blood per day.

Adults are parasites that draw blood from a host. Larvae feed on organic debris, particularly the feces of adult fleas, which contain undigested blood. Fleas commonly prefer to feed on hairy animals such as dogs, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice, domesticated animals, wild animals, etc.

 

Risks of fleas

Flea bites result in red spots that often are surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and may cause discomfort.

Pets transfer fleas to the beds and furniture where they sleep, so if you're cuddling with your pet, you may be bringing fleas into your own bedding.

Fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day on your pets, and as they move around indoors, the eggs spread, and fleas prefer carpeting and upholstered furniture.

Fleas can and will readily bite humans since they live on the blood of mammals. Fleas will bite humans, but they won't live on them.

A flea can live from up to a few days to two weeks without a host.

Yes, and high pile carpets are the perfect hiding place for fleas. Their exoskeletons make them crush-resistant when stepped on, which allows fleas in the carpet to thrive.

 

How we deal with fleas at Intex

The biology around the immature stages of fleas is something very cryptic by nature…shrouded in mystery. Consequently, the first thing the homeowner should do is contact their pest control professional for assistance. Most of the time simply using over-the-counter products for controlling fleas will not resolve the root causes of the infestation.

As it is our modus operandi, we will conduct a thorough inspection and locate areas where the immature stages of the flea population are residing after which we embark on the treatment face.

If you are dealing with fleas, or even mites, please do not hesitate to contact us today for your customized solution.

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