Fleas are one of the most difficult household pests to control. They are hardy creatures that can survive with only a bit of moisture, favorable temperatures and a food source. Fleas can cover a lot of ground because they are capable of leaping 13 feet horizontally and about 10 feet vertically. They are also known to hitch rides on pets, people and cleaning equipment.
In cats and dogs, uncontrolled flea infestation can lead to skin inflammation, hot spots and hair loss. Some dogs develop anemia as a result of severe skin irritation from flea bites. Even worse, flea feces can enhance the spread of certain diseases including tapeworm-related conditions.
Flea infestation is difficult to control once it starts because one adult lays 20 eggs in each cycle, producing about one trillion eggs in the space of nine months, if the environment is favorable to flea survival. Fleas reproduce soon after their first feeding of blood. Eggs are usually laid on the host animals where they could fall off and become embedded in floor cracks, out-of-way corners and furniture. In the cocoon stage, fleas can survive without food for several years if they are left undisturbed.
With four life stages, fleas are difficult to control since each stage requires an extermination strategy that is different from the other stages. Fleas are least vulnerable to pesticides in the cocoon stage. Additionally, host animals need to be treated while furnishings that could possibly be harboring fleas and flea eggs need to be thoroughly cleaned.
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When it comes to flea problems, trust in the extermination experts at JA-Roy Pest Control. We have been serving the parishes of Washington, Tangipahoa, Covington, and St Tammany. Call us today at 985-892-6882 for a free quote suited to your needs.