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Believe it or not, there are actually cat fleas and dog fleas.  This isn't to say that cat fleas aren't on dogs and dog fleas aren't on cats.  Actually, cat fleas are the most prevalent on your pets and in your home.  Dog fleas usually feast on wild hosts although they will inhabit domestic pets as well.

A Few Facts About Fleas 

  • Fleas are small, wingless insects averaging 1/12" to 1/6" long but can be as small as 1/25" to 1/3" long. 
  • Most fleas prefer non-human hosts but will feed on humans when the infestation is heavy or when other more preferable hosts are not available.
  • Fleas are able to jump as much as 7"-8" vertically and 14"-16" horizontally.
  • Flea eggs are only about 1/50" in diameter, barely large enough to be seen by the naked eye.
  • A female flea will lay between 200 and 400 eggs which will hatch in 2 days to 2 several weeks, depending on conditions.  Most will hatch between 7 and 14 days under favorable conditions.
  • Cat fleas can live up to 3 weeks or more on a host.
  • Flea larvae, very tiny maggot-like creatures, are rarely seen.  In the home, they often become entwined in carpet fibers, etc. and can even resist the pull of a vacuum cleaner.  Under favorable conditions the flea larvae will become an adult within 7-10 days.

Tips for Flea Control

  • Vacuum thoroughly throughout the home and remove the vacuum bag from the premises.  Vacuuming should be done on a regularly basis to help prevent reinfestation.
  • Wash pets with a flea control shampoo.
  • Either do-it-yourself or professional flea control should be implemented at the first sign of a flea infestation.
  • Call or email us to request information or an appointment for flea control service.


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