Flea Pest Control Explained

Flea Pest Control Explained

If you have a pet and live in central California you have probably had to deal with fleas at the minimum once. There are several species of fleas that occur in our area, but the Cat Flea is, by far, the most shared pest. Although it is named Cat flea, this insect will satisfy on the blood of most warm blooded animals, including you and me.

Fleas are parasites. The adult female flea must ingest a blood meal before she can lay her eggs. The eggs fall from the great number animal and collect on the surfaces below. This is usually where the animal spends most of its time, such as a bed or den. The waste material from the adults digested blood meals will also build up in the animals bed. There it becomes a ready food source for the developing larvae.

The larvae satisfy on the cast of dead skin from the animal in addition as the dried blood-waste. When mature they go into a pupa (or cocoon) stage. When conditions are right the pupa may be ready to appear in just over a week. The complete life cycle can be completed in about two weeks when conditions are optimal.

Flea control consists of a combination of sanitation and pesticide applications. Thorough shampooing of pets will remove the dried blood and much of the dead skin that will serve as a food source for the developing larvae. Shampooing the pet with flea shampoos can kill the adults on the animal. Removal and thorough cleaning of pet beds and resting areas will remove many of the eggs, larvae, and food supplies for new populations. Pesticide applications to areas where the pets use much of their time will provide immediate reduction in flea populations. It is usually good to apply an insect growth regulator to obstruct the development of new flea larvae.

Good sanitation is the meaningful to long-term control of fleas. If you have more than one pet, sanitation becomes already more important. In fact, the more pets you have, the more effort must be given to sanitation and pet grooming if you want to keep your home flea-free.

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