Dog Flea Pest Control

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Introduction

  • Scientific name: Ctenocephalides felis
  • Named because its primary hosts are varying species of cats
    • Will also go after dogs, other household pets, and humans
  • Found worldwide except in Antarctica
  • Reproduce rapidly

Identification

  • Average size of one to two millimeters
  • Reddish brown color
  • Are compressed laterally to slip through hairs easier and to lower visibility

Mannerisms

  • Are a parasite that feeds on the blood of cats, dogs, other household pets, and humans
  • Females lay up to twenty to thirty eggs every day and can lay between two thousand and eight thousand eggs during their adult life span.
    • The eggs are dispersed into the environment and the larvae emerge from them after two to seven weeks.
  • Live up to two to three months
  • Use strong back legs to jump onto their hosts

Prevention

  • Pets infected with fleas should be treated with over the counter anti flea treatments.
  • Treating pet bedding and common lounging areas is also an excellent flea pest control method.
  • Fleas are attracted to “hot spots” or areas that retain heat for a while after a pet has left them. Vacuuming rugs, carpets, the tops and bottoms of furniture is imperative.
    • Vacuuming picks up all stages of fleas and can expose other fleas to be directly hit by pest control products
  • Flea traps can attract adult fleas with heat and light. Then the fleas get stuck on an adhesive surface.
    • These can be used to pinpoint areas of flea activity, but will not get rid of eggs and larvae.
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