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Fleas

Cat & Dog Fleas

Approximately 1/8-inch-long, fleas are wingless, laterally flattened, and possess piercing and sucking mouthparts. The flea has well developed legs allowing it to jump an impressive 6 inches in height. They are typically black to reddish-brown in color.

Order/Family

Siphonaptera/Pulicidae

Scientific Name

Ctenocephalides felis / Ctenocephalides canis

Biology

After each and every blood meal, females lay four to eight eggs at a time (approximately 400 to 800 in total within her lifetime) on the host animal and/or in its bedding. The eggs hatch in about 10 days, and the developing larvae feed on the adult flea feces, which contain bits of dried blood.

Behaviour

Adult fleas feed on blood through their piercing and sucking mouthparts. They typically seek a blood meal within two days of becoming an adult. Cat and dog fleas prefer these two animals, but readily feed on other animals (i.e. raccoons, rats and humans), too.

Control

For effective flea control, this requires customer cooperation and three major steps: sanitation, insecticide application, and on-animal flea control.

The house should be thoroughly vacuumed to remove larvae, pupae, and food materials. The vacuum cleaner bag should be sealed and discarded immediately after vacuuming, and pet bedding should be discarded or washed in hot, soapy water. The pet should be treated on the same day that a residual insecticide treatment is being done at the home.

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