Fleas

A house infested with fleas can be an annoying problem. Your home could be infected with either the cat flea or alternatively you could have the dog flea. Your home could also be infected with a small black flea known as the "ground" or "sand" flea. This small black flea is a newly emerged flea possibly an unfed cat or dog flea.

Most people do not understand the life cycle of the common flea. Their life cycle involves a time on the pet, but also a lengthy time off the pet. It is most likely that if your pet has fleas, your carpet may have up to 90 times those on your pet.

Fleas have four main stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The total flea life cycle can range from a couple weeks to several months, depending on environmental conditions.

Adult fleas prefer to live on the animal and their diet consists of blood meals courtesy of the host animal. The female flea lays white, roundish eggs. The adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, 500-600 eggs over several months.

The eggs are not sticky (like some parasites), and they usually fall off of the animal into the carpet, bedding, floorboards, and soil. When the flea egg hatches varies -- anywhere from two days to a few weeks, depending on environmental conditions.

The larval stage actually has three developmental stages within this stage. Larvae are about 1/4" (6.35 mm) long, and semi-transparent white. They have small hairs along their body and actively move. They eat the faeces of adult fleas (which is mostly dried blood) and other organic debris found in the carpet, bedding, and soil.

The pupa is the last stage before adult. The adult flea can emerge from the cocoon as early as 3 to 5 days, or it can stay in the cocoon for a year or more, waiting for the right time to emerge.

For every five fleas found on your cat or dog, there may be ninety-five in the carpet! This may sound terrible, but it is a fact.

Fleas can remain dormant in their cocoons for several months waiting for vibrations to stir them into action. Adults emerging from their cocoons are small and black until they feed. They can remain alive for up to three months without food.

Fleas are small and wingless with an average length of between 2-4mm. They may be a darkish brown or black in colour. A flea is identifiable by its sucking mouth parts and they may have a narrow body covered with spines projecting backwards. Their long powerful legs enables them to jump up to 20cm vertically and up to 40cm in a horizontal jump.
   
If you suspect that you have a flea problem in your home, give RIP Integrated Pest Management Services a call and we can arrange a solution to your problem. Eradication of fleas on your premises may be quite a simple treatment, but can give you great results.

Fleas

A house infested with fleas can be an annoying problem. Your home could be infected with either the cat flea or alternatively you could have the dog flea. Your home could also be infected with a small black flea known as the "ground" or "sand" flea. This small black flea is a newly emerged flea possibly an unfed cat or dog flea.

Most people do not understand the life cycle of the common flea. Their life cycle involves a time on the pet, but also a lengthy time off the pet. It is most likely that if your pet has fleas, your carpet may have up to 90 times those on your pet.

Fleas have four main stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The total flea life cycle can range from a couple weeks to several months, depending on environmental conditions.

Adult fleas prefer to live on the animal and their diet consists of blood meals courtesy of the host animal. The female flea lays white, roundish eggs. The adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, 500-600 eggs over several months.

The eggs are not sticky (like some parasites), and they usually fall off of the animal into the carpet, bedding, floorboards, and soil. When the flea egg hatches varies -- anywhere from two days to a few weeks, depending on environmental conditions.

The larval stage actually has three developmental stages within this stage. Larvae are about 1/4" (6.35 mm) long, and semi-transparent white. They have small hairs along their body and actively move. They eat the faeces of adult fleas (which is mostly dried blood) and other organic debris found in the carpet, bedding, and soil.

The pupa is the last stage before adult. The adult flea can emerge from the cocoon as early as 3 to 5 days, or it can stay in the cocoon for a year or more, waiting for the right time to emerge.

For every five fleas found on your cat or dog, there may be ninety-five in the carpet! This may sound terrible, but it is a fact.

Fleas can remain dormant in their cocoons for several months waiting for vibrations to stir them into action. Adults emerging from their cocoons are small and black until they feed. They can remain alive for up to three months without food.

Fleas are small and wingless with an average length of between 2-4mm. They may be a darkish brown or black in colour. A flea is identifiable by its sucking mouth parts and they may have a narrow body covered with spines projecting backwards. Their long powerful legs enables them to jump up to 20cm vertically and up to 40cm in a horizontal jump.
   
If you suspect that you have a flea problem in your home, give RIP Integrated Pest Management Services a call and we can arrange a solution to your problem. Eradication of fleas on your premises may be quite a simple treatment, but can give you great results.

"For every five fleas found on your cat or dog, there may be ninety-five in the carpet! This may sound terrible, but it is a fact."

"For every five fleas found on your cat or dog, there may be ninety-five in the carpet! This may sound terrible, but it is a fact."