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FLEAS

Fleas
FLEAS

Fleas are small, wingless insects that belong to the order Siphonaptera. They are external parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Fleas have laterally flattened bodies, powerful legs for jumping, and mouthparts adapted for piercing the skin of their hosts.

Fleas are most commonly associated with domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, but they can also infest other animals, including humans. They are known for their ability to move quickly and their notorious bites, which can cause itching and discomfort.

In terms of their activity patterns, fleas are known to be most active during warm and humid conditions. However, they can survive and remain dormant in cool and dry environments for extended periods. Fleas are resilient and can adapt to a wide range of climates and conditions.

Fleas prefer environments that provide suitable hosts and hiding places. Some common favorite environments for fleas include:

  1. Animal Shelters: Fleas are often found in places where pets or wild animals gather, such as animal shelters, kennels, or veterinary clinics.
  2. Homes: Fleas can infest homes if there are pets or other animals carrying them indoors. They hide in carpets, bedding, upholstered furniture, and cracks and crevices.
  3. Outdoor Environments: Fleas can thrive in outdoor areas such as yards, gardens, and parks, especially in areas with tall grass, shrubs, or wildlife habitats.
  4. Nests and Burrows: Fleas may infest nests or burrows of animals, such as rodents or birds, where they can find a stable food source.

There are several types of fleas, but the most common ones that affect pets and humans include:

  1. Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis): This is the most widespread species of flea and can infest both cats and dogs. It can also bite humans and is a common cause of flea infestations in households.
  2. Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis): This species primarily infests dogs but can also bite other animals and humans. It is similar in appearance and behavior to the cat flea.
  3. Human Flea (Pulex irritans): This species is more adapted to biting humans and is less commonly found on pets or other animals. Human fleas can cause itching and discomfort.

It’s important to promptly address flea infestations to prevent their spread and minimize the risk of bites and potential transmission of diseases. Effective flea control involves treating affected animals, treating the environment (including regular vacuuming, washing bedding, and using appropriate insecticides), and consulting with a veterinarian or pest control professional for guidance and treatment options.

As Smart Pest Control, we carefully carry out special spray treatments to exterminate all of insects with multiple visits to ensure customer satisfaction. After the treatments, the property should be evacuated for 5 hours and 30-60 minutes of airing out should be carried out.

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