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Fleas

Flea ExterminatorsFleas are pests of humans and their domestic animals. While most fleas prefer nonhuman host, many can and do feed readily on humans when infestations are heavy or when other hosts are not available. Fleas are small, wingless insects that average 1/12 to 1/6 of an inch long. When viewed from the front, head on, the adult flea's body is narrow from side to side. This allows it to move readily between hairs in an animal's fur or in the nap of carpeting into very narrow areas, such as crevices and folds of upholstery. A female flea will lay a few eggs each day until she has laid up to 200 to 400 eggs. Most eggs will hatch within 2-3 days under favorable conditions.

Controlling Fleas

The Cat flea is the most common urban pest throughout much of the United States. However, with the availability of several very effective on-animal flea control products, flea control in and around homes are only an occasional concern today. For in home infestations, insecticide applications are required indoors. All possible flea harborage areas should be treated, including carpeting, other floor areas, pet resting areas and upholstered furniture. Floors and carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed and the bag must be emptied outside to avoid escape back into the room. Insecticides should be used with an IGR or insect growth regulator which will cause the flea larvae to die during molting. IGRs generally stop production of adult fleas within the home, but some adults are likely to emerge for up to 2 to 3 weeks after treatment.

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