Fleas belong to the order Siphonaptera; a name of Greek origin that roughly translates to mean that fleas have hollow tube mouthparts and are wingless. Fleas are parasitic insects, meaning they live on and feed off of a host organism without killing it. Adult fleas have piercing mouthparts and feed exclusively on blood. They must have a warm-blooded host in order to survive and reproduce. There are over 2,000 different flea species, but only about 6 common types that affect dogs and cats, and more than 90% of the fleas found on both dogs and cats are the cat flea species. Cat fleas actually prefer dogs, cats, and humans as their hosts. Contact the team at Pest Management of Texas, Inc. in Dallas for more information!
Cat Fleas Develop By Complete Metamorphosis In The Following Life Cycle:
- Egg - Flea eggs are pearly white measuring 1/50 inch in length. Female fleas lay their eggs once per hour on the host. Cat flea eggs hatch in one to six days.
- Larva - Larvae are free-living, feeding on organic debris and adult fleas feces in their environment. High humidity is essential for the development of larvae. Indoors flea larvae are protected under the carpet where humidity is the highest.
- Pupa - When Larva has matured, it spins a cocoon within which it will pupate. In ideal conditions, an adult flea may emerge 5 days after the cocoon is formed.
- Adult - Upon emergence, adult fleas find potential hosts to feed on by cueing in on the movement, and will jump to a host within seconds of emerging from their cocoon. Upon finding a host, the cat flea begins feeding within seconds and will mate within 24 hours. Depending on temperature and humidity, the entire life cycle of the cat flea can be 12 to 14 days.
Pest Management of Texas, Inc. Flea Control Strategy:
- Insect growth regulators (IGR's): This product stops the reproduction cycle of the adult and stops young fleas from reproducing.
- Insecticides labeled: To kill adult fleas mixed together with the growth inhibitors.
- Cats and dogs must be treated professionally: By a vet, at the same time, the flea treatment is performed by Pest Management of Texas, Inc.
- We help to educate our customers: On the steps that they can take prior to the flea treatment. Things like vacuuming all floors prior to our arrival, picking up all belongings off the floor, and washing all cat and dog bedding in hot water help to ensure the best possible results for flea control.
- We apply the product overall: Exposed flooring and pet resting areas. Outdoor application to specific areas is also critical in our flea control program.
- All of our services come with a service warranty: We guarantee your 100% satisfaction with our flea control services or else we'll come back until you are!
Type Of Flea Found In Dallas, TX
Size: 1/32” to 1/16”
Color: Small, black, hard-bodied, and wingless, fleas have a flattened body and legs adapted for jumping onto a host.
How to Recognize: Their tiny size and ability to jump make them recognizable, as do the itchy red spots left behind by their bite.
Habitat: Anywhere there are available hosts to sustain them.
Behavior: They can be a direct health hazard, transmitting disease and tapeworm.
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