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DiY Pest Control - Fleas

Flea appearance black to brownish-black, about one-twelfth to one-sixteenth inch long; six legs, with many bristles on body and legs; flattened body.  Their legs are very well-developed and powerful, making them ideal for jumping.

Found on cats and dogs year-round, but most common during warm and humid weather, readily attack and feed on humans; can jump as much as seven-eighth inch vertically, and 14 to 16 inches horizontally.  Female can lay about 25 eggs a day, and up to 800 eggs during her lifetime; fleas undergo complete metamorphosis, usually in 14 to 90 days.  Carrier of many diseases; adults can live one to two months without feeding.

Fleas transmit a number of diseases, including epidemic typhus and bubonic plague. Fleas also carry tapeworms from dogs and occasionally transmit them to humans.  Fleas are generally less than three-sixteenth of an inch long.  The lifespan of fleas on dogs is usually more than 100 days in which time a pair of flas and their descendants can produce millions of offspring.  A female flea consumes 15 times its body weight in blood daily.  Fleas are attracted to animals by body heat, movement, and the carbon dioxide they exhale.  Humans experience small, red itching wounds from fleabites typically around the feed and ankles. Allergic reactions and more serious diseases can occur.

Fleas can reproduce rapidly at room temperature, making your home an ideal year-round environment.  Fleas require blood to survive and reproduce.  In the absence of pet, humans become the flea's blood meal.  Fleas are capable of transmitting disease to both people and pets - fleas can carry typhus, tapeworms and other diseases.  Fleas go deep within the confines of carpeting, rugs and upholstery and in pet bedding, making their elimination extremely difficult.

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