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Flea - Characteristic and Facts

Fleas are wingless insects, 1,5- to 3.3mm (116 to 18 inch) long. Usually, their colour is dark reddish-brown and their body is shiny and covered with tiny hair that allows them to move easily through animal fur. Fleas live by consuming blood from their hosts. Their mouthpart is adapted for piercing the skin and sucking blood and hind legs that are adapted for jumping. A flea could jump up to 7inches -vertically and up to 13 inches - horizontally.

Fleas life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.



What Are the Signs of Flea Infestation?

Most common signs of a flea infestation are:

  • Seeing your dog, cat or other pet scratching, licking or biting their fur
  • Seeing numerous dot-like insects in your pet fur
  • Seeing flea jumping around your furniture and carpet
Please be aware cats or dogs could lose fur in the affected areas of their body.
Seek a host for a blood
Fleas depend on blood meal to survive. Fleas might become an indoor problem when the host they previously fed on is no longer around. Then fleas can focus their feeding activity to another host inside your home. For example, when a mouse or rat is trapped and removed from your home, the fleas that previously fed on the rodent will start looking for another host.

How Can I Get Rid Of Fleas?

What Archers Does

The first thing after you notice your home is infested you should seek professional pest control assistance. Unfortunately, most of the time using over the counter products for flea control will not resolve the problem.

Our well-trained pest control technician will do a thorough inspection of your property and will locate areas where the immature stages of the flea population are residing.
After the inspection, the next step is to prepare the flea management plan. And this plan includes:
  •  Identifying the flea species causing the problem
  • Explaining the flea life cycle
  • Inspecting for the presence of any other animals that could be the flea population source
  • You need to contact your vet for advice and purchase of flea prevention products
  • Regular bathing and grooming your pet
  • Vacuuming all the carpets and the furniture to remove any eggs, larvae, pupae and adult fleas
  • Treating all  areas that are infested with safe and effective flea control products
  • Scheduling a follow-up visit

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