Most pet owners may have one or more experiences with flea infestations. Having a dog, cat, rabbit or a ferret as a pet is not all fun and games, you have to deal with some unwanted visitors such as fleas and ticks. Even some people have encountered these pests, they know little or nothing about them, and this is what this article is about; to give you at least one incredible fact about fleas. Although the constant, gnawing, scratching caused by these annoying pests can be unbearable, there are actually interesting things about these pesky creatures. Let us get straight to business, shall we?
Flea life cycle is in four parts; the egg, larva, pupa, and the adult stage. The adult flea lays eggs on the host, which roll off into the environment. The eggs hatch to larvae, the larvae stay and feed off from the environment and go through several molts until they spin a cocoon and become pupae. The pupae emerge as adult fleas and search another host or the same host as their parents for a blood meal. It takes just 21 days for all these to happen under a favorable condition. Nevertheless, fleas do not strictly follow their life cycle; if the condition is not convenient, they can wait until the conditions are at their best before moving from one stage to another. Fleas thrive better in warm and moist weather than cool and dry weather.
Exterminating fleas from your home or environment because they are hardy insects; it is easier to get the adult fleas than to get rid of the eggs or kill the pupae. However, some products have the compound, which stops eggs from hatching but cannot get rid of the pupae. You need a professional pest control operator to exterminate them from your home to save you repeated trips to the pest control shops.
Fleas can go a long time without food; studies show that pupae can live in their cocoons for up to a year. As soon as they emerge into adults, they desperately look for a host for their blood meal. Nonetheless, they can still survive one to two weeks without feasting on their host. One incredible fact about fleas is they cannot lay eggs without eating first- no food, no eggs. However, fleas are indiscriminate feeders; they become voracious after a period without food. The female flea lays up to 50 eggs per day; just one active female can cause an outbreak within two months! In the case of bad infestation, the service of pest control company.
Fleas are incredible jumpers; they have some of the best jumping skills in the world. Fleas can jump more than 150 times their body length. This is a prerequisite to survive as a flea because after emerging as adults from pupae, they need to jump on their host for their blood meal so that they can reproduce and start another life cycle.
Flea-borne diseases can affect humans and not just your four-legged pets. Fleas are carriers of all kinds of bacteria, which include bacteria that can cause disease in people such as Bartonella henselae, and fleas are responsible for spreading cat scratch disease.