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If you have a pet – canine, feline, or ferret – it is likely, you are familiar with the tiny insect known as a flea. The Ctenocephalides felis (cat flea) is a tiny insect, not microscopic by no means, but tiny just the same. If you ask the majority of pet owners in your neighborhood how they feel about the flea, they will not respond nicely.
The flea torments animals by continuously feeding on their blood. They stick their small feeding tube into their victim’s skin to access a blood meal. This is a continuous process that results in small red, itchy bumps. When left untreated, the flea will continue to grow in numbers. Before you know it, your entire property, including the home and lawn, will be infested with fleas in all stages of the life cycle.
What Should Pet Owners Know About The Flea?
Every pet owner should know their home is a target. Regardless of how often your pet is groomed and your home is cleaned, your pet could come under attack without a moment’s notice. Fleas are aggressive insects that rely on fresh blood from dogs, birds (macaws, parrots, and conures), ferrets, deer, foxes, cats, and racoon.
The flea starts out as a tiny translucent egg that hatches between one and 4days. Several factors determine the length of time it takes a flea egg to hatch. The humidity level and temperature level are just a few examples.
Adult female fleas deposit their eggs in animal fur, tall grass, carpet fibers, pet bedding, and furniture upholstery.
Characteristics Of A Flea Bite
Whether you are a pet owner or not, your home can come under a flea attack. Contrary to belief, fleas do not discriminate. In fact, the pest species targets all homes in all communities. Pets housed outside and inside are at risk of flea infestation.
The flea bite generally starts out as a tiny red bump. Other signs include itchiness and a fluid-filled pustule.
Fleas have been associated with tapeworms in humans, but only in rare cases.
Flea Prevention Strategies That Work
The flea is one of the most difficult pests to avoid. These parasites are always on the lookout for unsuspecting victims. Their long legs allow them to jump several inches to avoid death and capture. A thin shell that adds a layer of protection for the body.
- People who are responsible and willing to accept responsibility should adopt pets
- Utilize metal or wood barriers to keep wild animals from building nests on your property
- Feeding wildlife encourages them to hang around your property
- Regularly vacuum your home and pet bedding
- Treat pets with an anti-flea treatment