The most common flea on pets and in structures in the United States is the Cat flea.This insect is a blood feeder as the adult, and a scavenger as the larva and can remain animals and may live up to a year.
The female lays the eggs on the host animal and these eggs fall off to the surface below and hatch in a few days and the larvae begins to feed on organic debris and consume some dried blood from the adult flea feces in order to progress to the pupa stage. This time from egg to adult can be as short as 2 weeks, or several months if there is no host activity to stimulate some of the pupa to hatch to the adult stage.
What distinguishes the flea?
All species of fleas are similar in appearance, as wingless insects with bodies flattened from side to side, long hind legs for jumping, and black to reddish black in color and have spiny legs as well as rows of spines along other body areas called “combs”. The genal comb is a row below the head, and the pronotal comb is a row behind the head, at the back of the pronotum. The Cat Flea has both combs, it has eyes present, the genal comb is horizontally placed, and the first two spines on the genal comb are the same length. These characters separate it from the similar Dog Flea. Flea larvae are rarely seen, but they are legless and whitish with a brown head, unless they have fed on fecal matter from the adults, in which case they assume a reddish color. They are covered with short hairs, and when disturbed are able to flip about violently in order to escape. What's Important in Control?
Extermination of fleas on pets will be important in preventing the production of eggs that fall onto carpeted areas inside. If an infestation is occurring due to breeding and larvae on the interior it generally is controlled with an application of a residual insecticide, preferably with the addition of an insect growth regulator as well. Vacuuming of the carpet prior to the application as well as following it will be important, as this vibration and contact will stimulate the emergence of adult fleas from the pupa, exposing them to the pesticide application. Our flea extermination program can help control and eliminate your flea problem in the Brookhaven, GA area. Give us a call for a free estimate.