Fleas: different species, reproduction and control cycle

Scientific Name:


Small, without wings, measures 1/12 to 1/16 of an inch long. It is a parasite that attacks the host.


The larva feeds on organic debris, particularly from the feces of adult fleas containing undigested blood.


The eggs do not remain in the host. They hatch on the ground, in nests, carpets, drapes, upholstery or crevices in the floors. Most hatch after seven or 14 days.

Fleas Data:

A flea infestation requires a multifaceted treatment plan. Combating only flea infestation on your pet, or bites, will not be effective in exterminating fleas from the house. An effective flea control should comprise chemical and holistic (natural) methods, which must be performed both on your pet and inside and outside the house. Of course, the primary plan of action should be to examine your pet daily. Getting rid of fleas in the early stages will counteract the negative effects on your pets and your home. Fleas are not the only plague that can cause harm to your pet; so it is so important to identify the pest first, before following any treatment. Contact your veterinarian and a pest control professional to help you determine if the problem your pet faces is fleas. Contact your veterinarian to discuss the most effective and safe methods to relieve your pet discomfort. The next step is to contact a professional in pest control. He will ask you, before your visit, to make sure your house is clean: vacuum the house, bar and mop the hard surfaces of floors, wash all bedding and bedspreads, and pick up all debris from the floor. After following these steps, the professional in pest control will perform appropriate treatment on the infected area, inside and outside your home. The practitioner may ask you to complete other tasks around your home as a pre-treatment preparation. It can also assist you in what to do to prevent future infestations and what are the best shampoos to use when your pet has fleas. More information on Flea Management:


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